Food Industry Donations

Nearly 50 million Americans, including 16 million children, are hungry or food insecure. In Connecticut, there are nearly 500,000 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.

You can help us alleviate hunger in our communities while continuing to thrive as a business by donating unwanted food and surplus inventories to the 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 send her an email; or Audrey Campos, Procurement Coordinator, at (203) 469-5000, ext. 336 or send her an 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 some 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 the Connecticut Food Bank 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

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 — The Connecticut Food Bank promotes its food industry donors through a variety of marketing vehicles, including our website, news releases, 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?

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

  • Dry-stored
  • Frozen
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat products
  • Household
  • Personal care
  • Surplus

For any of the following reasons

  • Surplus
  • Cosmetically damaged
  • Code-dated
  • Unlabeled 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 the 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.