The food is gathered (gleaned) from a multitude of sources such as farms, farmer’s markets, community gardens, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, banquet halls, corporate cafeterias, schools lunch providers, or any other food source that may have left-over perishable food that would go to waste. Ruth’s Gleanings will pick up the unused food as a service to the supplier.
It is then delivered to partners such as food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, community centers, faith-based groups, shelters and any other benevolent groups who serve in food deserts or otherwise service those in need.
Benefits for the donor:
- Save money on waste disposal
- Build community capital and brand recognition by giving back to community
- Environmental impact by less waste and less disposal
- Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act: Passed by Congress in 1996 removes all liability in regard to food donations from donors if they take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the food.