Rules & Regulations

In 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage donations of food to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy families. This law protects manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers from liability when donating food to a non-profit organization. Donors are protected from civil and criminal liability if the product donated in good faith later causes harm to a recipient. Donor liability exposure is now standard, and the law sets a liability floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for those donating grocery products. In addition, Congress has recognized that donating food close to the date of recommended retail sale is not grounds for negligence.


For the complete text of the Food Donation Act, visit Feeding America.


Donating is also good public relations! A Feeding America survey indicates that 80 percent of consumers would buy from companies that support hunger relief.


For food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, donating to the Second Harvest Food Bank is easier than ever. Simply contact us and we'll arrange to pick up your donation.


Individuals may bring grocery items and garden produce to the warehouse at 6621 N. Old SR 3 Muncie, IN 47303 any weekday between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. and other times by appointment.

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