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Food Industry Donations

Food Industry Donors

Nearly 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, are hungry or food insecure.  In Connecticut, there are approximately 520,350 people at risk of hunger, including 1 in 5 children who are going to bed, and to school, hungry.

Yet every year, millions of pounds of food that is unwanted or unsalable is discarded by the food industry.  We also accept donations of perishable items and fresh produce.

You can help us alleviate hunger in our communities while continuing to thrive as business by donating unwanted food and surplus inventories to Connecticut Food Bank.  We make it easy for large and small food companies to work with us.

How to Donate

To discuss how your company can donate food or other products, contact Carolyn Russell, Procurement Director at (203) 469-5000, ext. 312, or email; Audrey Campos, Procurement Coordinator, ext. 336 or email; or Theresa Dobson, Retail Store Donation Coordinator, ext. 326 or email.

We document food donations that arrive at our warehouse and food donors are given a receipt that records the amount donated.  Once the food is received, it is distributed to needy people through nearly 700 member programs.  All agencies and programs are carefully monitored to ensure that donated products do not re-enter the marketplace.

You are welcome to tour Connecticut Food Bank’s East Haven warehouse and administrative headquarters to see how we process your donation.

Click here for information about tax benefits and liability protection for food donors.

You’re Protected

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Donations Act is a federal law ensuring that donors are protected from any civil and criminal liability if donated products somehow cause harm to a recipient to encourage donations of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals.

For more information about the protection offered to food donors as well as the full text of the Act, visit http://feedingamerica.org/partners/product-partners.aspx.

Why Donate Food?

There are several reasons why donating food makes sense for your business:

Tax deduction — The 1976 Tax Reform Act (see section on Tax Benefits and Liability) allows companies to deduct costs associated with donating food to nonprofit organizations.

Cost savings — In addition to tax benefits, save money by donating products to Connecticut Food Bank rather than throwing it away.

Inventory control — Food donations help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory that cannot be sold.

Favorable publicity — Connecticut Food Bank promotes its food industry donors through a variety of marketing vehicles, including www.ctfoodbank.org, print and electronic newsletters, our annual report and social media.

Community & Staff Goodwill — Your support will earn the respect of the community at large, as well as your employees and industry peers.

What to donate?

Connecticut Food Bank accepts anything from cases to truckloads of food and non-food items that are:

Dry-stored

  • Perishable
  • Frozen
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat products
  • Household
  • Personal care
  • Surplus

Cosmetically damaged

  • Code-dated
  • Unlabelled or mislabeled
  • Discontinued or test-market
  • Private-label brands
  • Under- or over-weight items
  • Seasonally packaged
  • Off-specification products

If you are not sure whether Connecticut Food Bank can accept your item, please call us.  We are often able to accept the item, or we will find an appropriate outlet for your donation.

Tax Benefits & Liability

In the 1976 Tax Reform Act (Section 2135), Congress refined what had been the general rule since 1969, entitling corporations to an increased deduction under certain circumstances* for contribution of ordinary income property to a public charity or to a private operating foundation.

Your company may take:

A. The sum of one-half of the unrealized appreciatio (market value minus cost equals appreciation) plus the taxpayer’s cost, BUT

B. Not in excess of twice the cost of the contributed property.

Example:

Selling Price: $4.00

Cost: $1.00

Gross Profit: $3.00

Gross profit equals $3.00. One half of $3.00 equals $1.50. The maximum deduction can never exceed two times the cost ($2.00). Therefore, gross profit element is limited to $1.00.

Adjusted Gross: $1.00

Total Charitable Contribution: $2.00

A common example of ordinary income property is property held primarily by the donor for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. In this example, you must remember to emphasize the appreciation of the property being donated is not to exceed twice the cost of the property.

For more information, contact your tax professional or www.irs.gov.*Under IRC Section 170 (E)(3), a corporation is entitled to a deduction with respect to a contribution to a public charity or to a private operating foundation of appreciated property described in Section 1221 (1) & (2).

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