Feeding America's MealConnect Links Commercially-Prepared Food Donations with a Local Nonprofit. For free.
Building on the success of our Retail Food Rescue program, Second Harvest Heartland is pursuing the next frontier with prepared food rescue. MealConnect is an innovative online platform that gives caterers, special event centers, restaurants, corporate cafeterias and other commercial food preparers a convenient, free and safe way to reduce waste and connect surplus meals with food insecure neighbors.
Donations are either collected directly by a meal program partner or collected and delivered by a trained volunteer. The agencies that receive these valuable donations all have a Certified Food Manager on staff to ensure food safety.
If you would like to start donating excess prepared food from your food service operations, please click here or call Dianne Wortz, Food Rescue Emerging Streams Developer, at 612.618.8145.
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, the meal program partners receiving your donations have a Certified Food Manager on staff, ensuring that your donation will be handled safely. We encourage commercial food preparers to donate excess food 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.