Donate Your Excess Food!

Food businesses* now have a free and efficient way to donate their excess perishable food

Each year, 40% of  food is sent to the landfill, meanwhile, nearly 1 million Arizonans struggle with food insecurity. If we were able to capture just a fraction of that food from consumer-facing businesses, we could provide millions of meals to those in need. 

Waste Not's newest food rescue initiative, MealConnect, allows those in the foodservice industry to effortlessly donate their surplus food. And it's free to use!

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POST

Snap a photo & post excess food you have available. You will be notified via text/email once your donation is matched

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GIVE

A volunteer trained in food safety will pick up your donation and deliver it to a local nonprofit

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FEEL GREAT

You're helping to feed our community while preventing your good food from going waste!

*Please note that we only accept food donations from organizations with licensed commercial kitchens, such as restaurants, grocery, caterers, and event venues.

IT MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE!

1

FINANCIAL BENEFITS

Food donors are able to receive tax benefits from their charitable contributions as well as reduce inventory costs.

2

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Reduce your environmental footprint by helping to divert good food from local landfills and save on associated dumping expenses

3

EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION

Your employees will feel good about helping their community and take pride in the work you are doing as a company.

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CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Your commitments to the environment and community are highlighted through public facing communication

WORRIED ABOUT LIABILITY? NO NEED!

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects donors from liability when food and grocery products are donated in good faith to nonprofits who feed those in need.

 

To be eligible for this protection, food donors must simply abide by the State of Arizona packaging and labeling requirements.

ALSO: We are certified in safe food handling and follow industry standards just as you do!

3 EASY WAYS TO START DONATING:

  1. Call Hillary Bryant at (602) 361-9162 

  2. Email Hillary@wastenotaz.org

  3. Download the app or visit mealconnect.org/donate 

GET STARTED TODAY

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IN THE NEWS

“There’s no hunger at Good Shepherd because of Waste Not,” Davis said. “A lot of our people came from homelessness, and they are grateful to have sandwiches and other heat-and-eat foods.”

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IN THE NEWS

"Most of the kids we are seeing now, during the pandemic, are children of frontline workers, including healthcare workers and grocery/food service employees."  
“Waste Not’s donations of meals and snacks has helped us fill in food service gaps,” Campana said.

We know that needs and COVID-19 health guidelines are changing rapidly and we're all adapting together.

 

Please use Waste Not as a resource- we're here to support you!