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Businesses that are helping to lead U.S. efforts to reduce food loss and waste can be recognized as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. These businesses and organizations have made a public commitment to reducing food loss and waste in their operations in the United States by 50 percent by the year 2030. Learn how to join this effort.

Businesses that reduce food loss and waste can help feed families in need and reduce the environmental burden of wasted food. They can also improve their bottom line. Many businesses achieve positive returns by reducing food loss and waste. Business resources for reducing food waste include:

Donations from businesses helps to put food on the table for many Americans. A number of laws are designed to make such donations easier.

Businesses that wish to donate food have protections under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 (PDF, 207 KB). The Act removes liability for “persons and gleaners” who make good faith donations to nonprofits that feed the hungry. Here, the term “person” includes farmers, grocers, wholesalers, hotels, manufacturers, restaurants, caterers, and more. Please visit 42 U.S. Code § 1791 for more information.

Also see: USDA Blog,  August 13, 2020, Good Samaritan Act Provides Liability Protection For Food Donations | USDA

For more information, see:

Calling all food sector businesses: Donate excess food with the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (PDF, 123 KB) | Spanish language version (PDF, 213 KB)

USDA’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (PDF, 241 KB)

USDA  Blog, July 8, 2020, Federal Incentives for Businesses to Donate Food | USDA

The federal government provides enhanced tax deductions to businesses (including C-corporations, S-corporations, limited liability corporations (LLCs), partnerships, and sole proprietorships) to encourage donations of fit and wholesome food to qualified nonprofits.

Learn more about donations and tax benefits.

Contact Us:
Dr. Jean Buzby
USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison