Food Waste Resources During The Covid-19 Pandemic
Published March 20, 2020
While our number one concern is for the health of those affected by COVID-19, ReFED also recognizes that our collective response to this crisis - such as buying food in bulk to guard against potential disruptions in supply chains; the forced closures of schools, restaurants, and other organizations that serve food; and more - is increasing the amount of food waste. And in many cases, the food being wasted could have gone to the most vulnerable among us through recovery and distribution programs.
That’s why we’re working with our partners to highlight those organizations that can help ensure that excess food gets to the people who need it most. We’ll continue to update this list as we become aware of more resources. Please send us suggested organizations to include at [email protected].
And remember - if you don’t have food to donate, these organizations are always in need of financial and operational support.
Food Recovery Organizations
ReFED's Food Waste Innovator Database provides contact information for nonprofit and commercial entities across the country that can rescue excess and unused food, and distribute it to food banks, pantries, meal programs, and more. If you're a food recovery organization and would like to be included in the database, please fill out an application here.
Feeding America Food Bank Finder
Find your local community food bank through this resource from Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Click here.
AmpleHarvest.org Food PANTRY Finder
AmpleHarvest.org helps millions of backyard gardeners easily find a local food pantry to donate their extra garden produce. Use this online tool to find a food pantry near you.
Donate Excess Food to Institutions in Need
As institutions across the country close, they are left with excess food that could be donated as emergency food assistance. Download and share this handout from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Center to get more information on food recovery resources and learn how businesses can donate their surplus food.
U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map
The U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map shows food banks and other institutions that can accept donated or recovered foods.
FDA Food Safety Guidelines
The U.S. FDA Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 web page lists several resources, Q&As, and guidance for industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety.
DoorDash Delivery Support
ReFED’s partner DoorDash is providing at-cost and subsidized deliveries via its DoorDash Drive fulfillment service to nonprofit organizations, including schools, food pantries, and community-health centers. Click here.
Postmates expands its food delivery service to nonprofit organizations
Postmates has rolled out a resource available for nonprofits to onboard and deliver any supplies or food items using their fleet during this crisis. Nonprofit partners can onboard themselves using the link and enter themselves as “Special” and “Disaster Relief.” Nonprofits then need to email [email protected]tmates.com to receive the discounted pricing from the email address they set up the account with.