There has NEVER been a lawsuit related to food donation. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Emerson Act) passed in 1996 by President Clinton protects good faith donors from criminal and civil liability when donating "Apparently Wholesome" food to nonprofit organizations. The Food Donation Act of 2017 clarifies and expands food donation under the Emerson Act. Read Massachusetts-specific language here.
It needs to be clear who owns the food when donating, based on the contract between the caterer and the client. If the client owns the food, they get the write-off but are also responsible for the donation itself. If the venue/caterer owns the food, they get the write-off and are responsible for the donation.
Learn more about Food Donation Guidance from RecyclingWorks.
All surplus fresh and prepared food that has been properly stored and kept out of the Danger Zone may be donated UNLESS it has been served. Buffet and food left out during Cocktails is eligible.
It is suggested the business purchases Cold Stones from CateringStone to keep Cocktail Hour food safe (most economical over time). Discounts available: 10% NACE; or further discount for volume of 12 or more.
Employees will feel better about their job by doing the right thing.
Your clients will feel great about donating wasted food.
Participants will receive PR from RLC, including a badge which you can share on your web site and social media.
Cakes for Occasions
East Meets West Catering
Exchange Conference Center
Granite Links Golf Club
Longwood Events & Destinations
Season to Taste Catering
Sheraton Commander Hotel
The Catered Affair at Boston Public Library
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston
The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel (Winston Salem, NC)
The State Room
The Verve Hotel Natick & Pantry Restaurant
The Westin Boston Waterfront
Click this link and sign up! Rescuing Leftover Cuisine will gladly pick up your surplus fresh and prepared food within 12-48 hours. There is no plate minimum.
Share your good deeds with us: send email@example.com a photo from your food pickup and a quote, and we will spread the love on Social and tag you and/or your business.