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Food Donation Guidelines

Guidelines and tools for organizations receiving food donations and for businesses making food donations

Receiving food donations

These guidelines are for food distribution organizations (FDOs) that receive food donations for their grocery or meal programs, such as soup kitchens, food banks, FDOs offering food skills training, community kitchens, after-hour school and breakfast programs.

Template documents for FDOs to use in their agency described in these guidelines are given in the "Sample agreement & Forms" box below; one page hand-outs are given in the "Food evaluation tools" box below. 

Making food donations

These guidelines are for businesses in the food industry that donate food to food distribution organizations (FDOs). They outline what retailers, food manufacturers, caterers, hotels, and other food businesses need to know to enable donations of safe and healthy food.

Food donor registration form 

Food recovery memorandum of understanding (MOU) between food donors and FDOs

FDO agency application to receive foods from another FDO

Sample clauses for agreements between FDOs

Sample food rescue labels

The following organizations are known to provide food scraps recovery options. Disclaimer: BCCDC does not endorse the products or services provided by these organizations and does not accept any liability for their actions.

  • Blue Sky Ranch: recovers unsaleable food from food processors, distributors and other businesses for animal feed  (South Burnaby)
  • Enterra: uses traceable, pre-consumer food waste from grocery stores, food processors and distributors as feedstock (Vancouver) 
  • Rabbitats Canada: a non-profit rabbit rescue in recovers produce from grocery retailers for rabbits in their rescue shelter (Vancouver)
  • Spa Hills Compost: commercial composting to local businesses and facilities (Shuswap and North Okanagan)
  • West Coast Reduction: receives used cooking oil and meat and fish by-products and processes them into rendered finished products (Vancouver)  

SOURCE: Food Donation Guidelines ( )
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