Hi Ben. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I love this idea, but unfortunately most of our donors are university dining halls, where students don't usually pay out of pocket, or even get a bill, so no funds actually change hands at the point of "purchase." But I take your point to heart and I'll brainstorm other ways to potentially engage the diners in a way that leads to more visibility for our program.
Hi Brian. Your fruit rescue idea is so cool! You're right, our meals don't include fruit. Our meals use exclusively prepared, frozen foods, not fresh foods, so I don't believe fruit fits in with our current model.
Hi Felicia. Ensuring the safety of the food donations we receive is a high priority for us at Food For Free. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, Public Law 104-210 was signed in 1996. This law protects companies and organizations from civil and criminal liability in the situation of food donations. It also acts to encourage food and grocery donations to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals and charitable causes through tax breaks.
In order to comply with the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act and to safeguard against gross negligence or intentional misconduct in the prepared food donation process, prepared food donations must adhere to the specific criteria. We only accept food from vetted, professional, ServSafe certified sources. By working closely with our food donors we have developed processes to ensure that all the food is prepared for donation safely.