Every year in Hamilton County, over 130,000 tons of food is thrown away. Restaurants, food manufacturers, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses in the food industry can fight hunger by donating surplus food.
Food Donation is Easy
The Freestore Foodbank works with 450 local soup kitchens and drop in centers to distribute donated food. The Foodbank can even pick up surplus food in a refrigerated truck. Simply call (513) 482-4536 or visit www.freestorefoodbank.org to donate.
Many Foods are Accepted
The Freestore Foodbank will accept any edible food but they are especially in need of nutritious foods high in protein and vitamins.
- Nonperishable food including canned, dried, dehydrated, and packaged items
- Perishable food including fresh or frozen meats, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, and beans
- Prepared food including cooked meats, cold cuts, soups, and catered dishes
Need for Food Donation is Great
The Freestore Foodbank helps 161,000 people annually in Greater Cincinnati. The Foodbank estimates that if more food were available they could easily double the number of people they help.
Food Donation has Many Benefits
- Reduce hunger in the community
- Receive a tax benefit from the donation
- Save money on waste disposal costs
- Convey a socially and environmentally responsible public image
Donors are Protected Against Liability
The Good Samaritan Food Law (Ohio revised Code Section 2305.37) protects food donors from liability. A good faith donor of perishable food fit for human consumption will not be subject to civil damages resulting from the condition of the food.