Partner Pick-Up Program – Details

What to donate

  • Discontinued items
  • Damaged product
  • Slow moving items
  • Product samples
  • Close dated product
  • Obsolete/discontinued promotional or end-of-season items
  • Pack changes or reformulations
  • Customers’ turndowns
  • Unlabeled or mislabeled items
  • Products with cosmetic or production errors
  • Perishable product beyond retail sales that will not affect safe consumption
  • Safely kept leftover product from a special event that was not put out for consumption


What not to donate

For safety reasons, we cannot accept items that have been on buffet, nor can we accept home-canned goods.


Why donate

  • Free up needed storage space
  • Quick disposition of product
  • Eliminate liability of salvage sales
  • Potential expense reductions through lower waste removal costs
    • Average national landfill fees: $0.11 per pound
    • Average weight of a truckload of product is 16,000 lbs
    • Average transportation costs to reach landfill: $1,750.00
  • Tax benefits
    • The sum of one-half of the unrealized appreciation (market value minus cost = appreciation) plus the taxpayer’s cost, but not in excess of twice the cost of the donated property
    • Example
      • Selling price = $4.00
      • Cost = $1.00
      • Gross profit = $3.00
      • One-half of gross profit = $1.50
      • Maximum deduction can never exceed two times the cost ($2.00)
      • Therefore, gross profit element is limited to $1.00
      • Total charitable deductions = $2.00
        • For more information please consult a tax professional about IRS Section 170 (e)(3)(B)

How you are protected

  • Good Samaritan laws that protect donors, nonprofit food banks and meal programs from liability for the foods and other essentials they donate and provide are now uniform throughout the country.
  • The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 makes it even easier to donate. Your company can donate without fear of liability in the unlikely event something happens to the donated product once it leaves your control.
  • Protects donors from liability when donating to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects donors from civil or criminal liability if the donor believes, in good faith, that the product is okay at the time it is donated;
  • Requires establishment of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct before a donor is considered liable for harm caused by a donation;
  • Establishes a minimum standard throughout the country (no more multi-state research for companies doing business in more than one state);
  • Recognizes that donation of food close to the date of recommended retail sale is not, in and of itself, grounds for finding gross negligence.


How to donate

Please contact Kitty Tabor, Food Resourcing Manager, CFR

(540) 342-3011 ext. 7024, or send her an email