Food Industry Donations

Most of the food we distribute comes from the food industry — from growers, packers, retailers, manufacturers and more. Please contact our food resource team to learn more about donating.

What We Need

We have the capacity to pick up, store and distribute the following types of products:

  • Fresh
  • Dehydrated
  • Discontinued
  • Damaged Packaging
  • Frozen
  • Dry
  • Surplus
  • Bulk
  • Canned
  • Code-dated
  • Mislabeled
  • Out of specification

Benefits & Protections

Donating surplus food benefits your business and the community by reducing storage costs, dumping fees and by saving several thousand tons of food waste from going to landfills each year.



Tax credits and deductions. You may be eligible for state-tax credits and/or federal deductions based on your food donations to NEIFB. We give tax receipts to all donors.



Good Samaritan Law. Under the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal statute, anyone who donates food in good faith to a food bank or gleaning organization is protected from all liability associated with that product. NEIFB and our partner agencies follow strict food handling and safety procedures to ensure that the people we serve receive the highest-quality food possible.

Labeling. We can relabel and repack any donation to correct ingredient errors and protect brand integrity based on your specifications.

Food Safety. NEIFB trains and monitors all member agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable safe food handling practices and policies. NEIFB is a U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa Department of Agriculture inspected facility.

Integrity. We never sell, trade or barter food donations.