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A Message to Food Industry Donors

Surplus food donations received from food industry donors (local food manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, local grocery stores and their reclamation centers-damaged salvage product) are the cornerstone of our food distribution program.

Companies that donate product that might otherwise be dumped or go to waste can receive tax deductions and reduce disposal costs and are protected from liability by the The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

Your donations foster community goodwill towardyou Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC serves a network of hunger-relief agencies across 18 counties, with more than 30 years experience in warehouse management and logistics. We are a proud member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Whether you are a manufacturer, processor, distributor, restaurant, caterer or food service organization, we will make the donation process quick and easy for your company.

Benefits of donating include...

  • Convenience – You want excess product out of your warehouse fast.  We can handle almost any quantity quickly and efficiently. (See below for list of types of product we can accept.) 
  • Safety – We adhere to strict food-safety standards for receiving, storing and distributing products. Our facilities include a 64,000-square-foot warehouse with 44,000-cubic feet of freezer space and 41,000-cubic feet of cooler space. Second Harvest Food Bank is certified by the American Institute of Baking in food handling and safety regulations.
  • Our Fleet – When a donation is made, our warehouse dispatches from a fleet of refrigerated trucks that maintains food in temperature-controlled storage.
  • Proper Receipts and Records – Donors receive an itemized receipt specifying the number of items or total weight received. Our entire inventory is computerized and traceable, for your safety and convenience.
  • Experienced Professionals – Our staff knows your industry and will make the donation process work smoothly and efficiently for you. We have the experience and expertise to handle general food donations, produce donations and perishable donations.
  • Tax Benefits These often outweigh the returns from a distressed sale.  Check with your accountant for complete tax benefits information.
  • The Good Samaritan Law The Federal “ Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act” and the state Good Samaritan Law give food donors double protection against liability. 
  • Fostering Community Goodwill Donating to Second Harvest Food Bank positions your company as an active participant in the fight against hunger bringing goodwill to your brand and critical assistance to the more than 300,000 people in need served by our organization each year.

We can handle a variety of packaged and fresh foods and basic household and personal care items including:

  • Shelf-stable product that has not reached expiration
  • Fresh produce and frozen foods
  • Dairy and juice that have usable shelf life per the manufacturer
  • Excess inventory from promotions, discontinued, test-market and national or private-label products
  • Excess food products from trade shows and overruns
  • Off-specification products, including mislabeled and unlabeled packages
  • Household items, including personal care and cleaning products and childcare items

For more information, contact Lisa Richardson, Director of Operations and Finance, at (336) 784-5770 or










3655 Reed Street I Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Phone: 336.784.5770
Fax: 336.784.7369

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