fullsizeoutput_1858-1024x1021.jpeg166701654_1343152929402615_7451203003384876676_n.jpgsysco.jpgFoodservice Distributors Deliver for Americans in Need

During the pandemic, the need for food donations increased in communities across America. Foodservice distributors were on the front lines of this crisis, working selflessly to keep food moving and feeding Americans struggling with food insecurity.

IFDA Focuses on Industry Corporate Social Responsibility

IFDA's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee works to facilitate and drive industry efforts in the area of CSR, guiding the process and contributing expertise and thought-leadership.

Corporate Social Responsibility is a corporation's initiatives to assess and take responsibility for its effects on environmental and social wellbeing, including, but not limited to, food donation, food waste reduction, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, community improvement and charitable giving.

Foodservice Distributor CSR Initiatives

IFDA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee Company Initiatives



Other IFDA Member Company Initiatives

Ben E. Keith Foods              McLane

Performance Food Group     Reinhart Foodservice

US Foods

Spotlight on Food Donation

Donating food is commonplace in the foodservice distribution industry. Whether working with national hunger-relief organizations, local charities, disaster relief efforts or volunteering time, distributors are committed to helping make communities across America better.

The CSR Committee's initial focus is food donations and food waste reduction. As part of this effort, IFDA conducted a member survey to see how foodservice distributors currently handle the donation process.

Foodservice distributors have various processes and metrics for their food donation programs, but report they're interested in learning more about best practices, tax deductions, the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan law, and case studies of what fellow distributors are doing in this space.

Previous IFDA research shows that the value of the foodservice distribution industry's aggregate charitable contributions tops $550 million annually.

Food Donation, Hunger Relief and Food Waste Reduction

Information and Tools

Food donation tax law summary (PDF courtesy of Feeding America)

Food donation tax deductions (Word doc courtesy of Feeding America)

Food donation liability protection/Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Law (PDF courtesy of Feeding America)

Printable FoodKeeper guide (PDF courtesy of Feeding America)

FoodKeeper: The FoodKeeper resource helps you understand food and beverages storage to maximize the freshness and quality of items. It was developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute.

Organizations and Networks

Feeding America: This national non-profit organization is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in nearly every community in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Meals on Wheels: This national organization delivers meals to seniors in need.

Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry: Foodservice-centric national organization that aims to end hunger and poverty.

Center for Food Integrity: Not-for-profit organization providing research and information to foster support for the belief that producing healthy, affordable food using fewer resources through responsible production, processing and distribution is the ethical choice that is right for people, animals and the planet.

Catholic Charities: The mission of this national organization is to provide services to people in need.

Food Waste Reduction Alliance: Operated by the food sector’s leading trade associations, this cross-industry initiative includes more than 30 manufacturing, retailing and foodservice companies, along with expert partners from the anti-hunger community and waste management sector.

ReFed: A multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste.