Going Beyond Donations

We have come to realize the task of giving away food is a highly personal endevour but even more is the accepting of food.  Human beings are intricately tied to food and there is a deep pyschological impact tied in with hunger.

It goes back to asking for help--it isn't easy.

This is how our distribution program came to be shaped as it is.  Fresh food is a human right, and we will deny no person.  While we donate most of our harvests to food banks and kitchens we are also known to give food to any person we happen to be near. 

It is our duty to give, not our duty to decide who is and is not hungry.

We welcome all suggestions of outlets and work diligently to diversify our distribution points throughout our community. It is important to us the food being given away is done with an emphasis on building human connections.  It is more than just dropping food off at a location.  

It's about the voices of those we serve.

Is sharing of food even legal?


The Emerson Act 

On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need.

This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;

  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;

  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and

  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conductis likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

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