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Retail Donations

Retail Partners

Our retail store program reaches six counties serving over 160 member agencies and 100 partners. In 2018, retail stores donated 2,100,000 pounds of food to families. Donations from stores matched directly with our partner agencies are distributed directly to families.  If you’re a retail store with food to donate, know that your donations can be a cost-effective solution to inventory challenges, storage limitations, high transportation fees and waste disposal costs.

Benefits of Partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier

  1. Saves disposal costs of unsaleable food
  2. There is no transportation fee food is picked up free of charge
  3. Valuable floor space is not wasted with storage of surplus food
  4. Your brand integrity is maintained through approved and monitored community social service agencies
  5. Product inventory is tracked in case of product recall
  6. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects you from civil and criminal liability

Check out our generous current retail donors below

Items we Accept

Your company has an important choice! Redirect your surplus/unsaleable products from a landfill and participate in an alternative that exists to feed your neighbors in need. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier provides a valuable option even when compared to the secondary market. Consider these possibilities for donation:

  • Close to code items; uut of code with extended use-by dates
  • Discontinued items; Mislabeled items
  • Unlabeled items; Test product inventory
  • Off-spec items; Packaging changes
  • Partial cases; Promotional or seasonal items
  • Overruns; Bulk or food service size
  • Prepared and perishable items; Customer returns or refusals
  • Reclamation or salvage products; Private label items and more

No Donation Goes to Waste

What’s the best reason to donate? You’re helping neighbors facing hunger put healthy meals on their tables!

It’s Easy To Get Started

When considering a donation of surplus or unsaleable product, contact the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for donation assistance. We can simplify the process by helping you do the following:

  1. Determine types of food or grocery product that can be donated
  2. Discuss frequency of donations
  3. Design a product pickup schedule that is convenient
  4. Consider what receipts and acknowledgements are needed
  5. Discuss any concerns that you may have
  6. Plan a tour of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s warehouse facility

More Ways To Help

Sometimes donating product is just the first step; we have many opportunities for Corporate Partners to do more to help us end hunger that engage your employees, build team spirit, and demonstrate your community engagement. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier could use your support with:

  1. Company volunteer groups              
  2. Warehouse equipment in-kind donations
  3. Corporate sponsorship or monetary support   
  4. Cause marketing sponsorship

Donating is easy; just contact our Food Sourcing Manager to get started:
Caroline Tolbert, Food Sourcing Manager