Food Safety should be a priority before donating any and all food
For Nonperishable Items:
- Donations should be “apparently wholesome” or “an apparently fit grocery product”
- Donations should be unopened and without noticeable holes (dented is okay)
- You may not donate portions of nonperishables that have gone unused (ex: a half-used box of rice)
- Make sure items are within date and have not expired
- Items must have readable labels with ingredient information
For Perishable Food:
- Perishable food or meals made may be donated to a facility serving hot meals if the food has not already “been put out for service” (i.e. buffet style)
- Contact the organization or charity you wish to donate to first for specific needs and meal size
- Food must be prepared in a permitted facility and preparations should always follow food safety guidelines
- Any questions regarding food safety should be directed to the Broome County Health Department
- Other food safety resources
Donors are protected from litigation through the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act and NY State law.
Businesses can apply for a federal and NY State tax deduction for donations made from their inventory.