The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects those who donate apparently wholesome food in good faith to an organization for distribution to people in need. And thanks to legislation enacted in 2017, food donors in Kentucky are offered enhanced protection from liability. The law also clarifies date labeling of food products.
Power up your food drive.
Here is some interesting information from Why Hunger: Emergency food providers (food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens) can purchase and acquire food in bulk, which means that a dollar donated can go many times farther than a dollar spent on cans for a food drive. Cash donations also help pay the important but often overlooked overhead costs of running a food pantry or a soup kitchen, such as transportation or utilities.
Do you still want to hold a food drive? Ask people to match each food item they donate with a dollar or host a healthy food drive. Many people who depend on food pantries and soup kitchens have diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, so to maintain health, they need foods that are low in sugar, fat, and salt. Take a look at SuperFood Drive’s materials for hosting a healthy food drive, and be sure to ask the food pantry or soup kitchen what types of food or supplies they need the most. You won’t know until you ask, and you may be surprised.