Retail Food Rescue
Millions of Pounds of Food Go Unused Each Year in Minnesota
Second Harvest Heartland’s Retail Food Rescue program offers an innovative solution:
partner with retail grocers in our communities to divert food being removed from their store shelves to feed hungry people.
Every day, the professional Retail Food Rescue fleet and our trained food shelf partners collect thousands of pounds of produce, dairy, deli, meat, bakery and grocery items from nearly 500 retail partners. This donated product is distributed to food shelves, soup kitchens and shelters.
Retail Food Rescue accepts perishable and shelf-stable food from all retail categories that meet food safety labeling and packaging criteria.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Donations Act is a federal law ensuring that donors are protected from any civil and criminal liability, as long as the product is donated in good faith. In addition, our distribution center is AIB Compliant, ensuring that your donation will be handled safely. We encourage businesses to donate food and grocery products worry-free.
For more information about the Good Samaritan Donations Act, click here.
Many donations of product also are eligible for an enhanced tax deduction under IRS 170(C)(3). Please consult your tax advisor for details.
Funding for Retail Food Rescue is provided by Allianz, Feeding America – Walmart Foundation and General Mills Foundation.