Increased Need for Food Donation during COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has created an increased need for food donations and meal services. IFDA members with excess food inventory and/or transportation capacity are encouraged to reach out to their local food banks. Many organizations accept donations across the United States, including Feeding America, which has a search function if you're looking for a donation partner in your area. In addition to helping Americans in need, there are tax benefits for donations.

IFDA Focuses on Industry Corporate Social Responsibility

IFDA is looking at ways to facilitate and drive industry efforts in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Food-donations.jpgin the foodservice distribution industry. As part of this effort, a new committee of member company representatives was convened in October 2019 to guide the process and contribute expertise and thought-leadership. Read our news release for details.

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.

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.

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This page will be updated regularly with additional content and resources. For more information about the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and industry initiatives, contact IFDA's Director of Research & Industry Insights Annika Stensson.