Food Donors

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:

  • Tax-deduction
  • 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.