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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.

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.

  • Industry Food Donation Guidelines – the guide includes:
    • part 1: an executive summary and rationale 
    • part 2: starting and managing a food donation program
    • part 3: industry-specific information for processors, caterers, restaurants and retailers

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) 
  • Harvest: produces electricity from the region's food scraps and yard debris and is a wholesale manufacturer of compost, soil blends and wood mulch materials (Richmond)
  • 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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