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Food Donation & Recovery

Donating wholesome food for human consumption diverts food waste from landfills and puts food on the table for families in need.

Organizations that accept food donations from DC residents and businesses:
Capital Area Food Bank
DC Central Kitchen
Martha's Table
Miriam's Kitchen
SOME (So Others Might Eat)
Thrive DC

Guidance for Restaurants and Businesses:

  • The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act,  which was created to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to qualified nonprofit organizations and provides liability protection to food donors.  .
  • Internal Revenue Code 170(e)(3)  provides enhanced tax deductions to businesses to encourage donations of fit and wholesome food to qualified nonprofit organizations serving the poor and needy. 
  • The U.S. Federal Food Donation Act of 2008  specifies procurement contract language encouraging Federal agencies and contractors of Federal agencies to donate excess wholesome food to eligible nonprofit organizations to feed food-insecure people in the United States.

Join the U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge today to help your community by donating leftover food to feed hungry people, while saving money by purchasing less and lowering waste disposal fees.

If you are a business or organization that accepts food donations from residents and businesses in an around the DC Metropolitan area and would like to be added to this list, please email [email protected].