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!
Snap a photo & post excess food you have available. You will be notified via text/email once your donation is matched
A volunteer trained in food safety will pick up your donation and deliver it to a local nonprofit
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!
Food donors are able to receive tax benefits from their charitable contributions as well as reduce inventory costs.
Reduce your environmental footprint by helping to divert good food from local landfills and save on associated dumping expenses
Your employees will feel good about helping their community and take pride in the work you are doing as a company.
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:
Call Karina Gutierrez at (602) 721-8113
Download the app or visit mealconnect.org/donate
GET STARTED TODAY
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!