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Food Industry Donations

Second Harvest’s Grocery Rescue program serves the needs of donors, community partners and the hungry. Donors are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Law. And food safety is our #1 priority so Second Harvest staff and member charities are trained in the inspection and handling of food for safe consumption and follow strict guidelines for record keeping, food handling, and distribution.

Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, restaurant, hotel or caterer, we have a program that will transfer unwanted food directly to those in need so no food is wasted. It’s a true win-win.

Food Donation Inquiry Form

Click here for Donation Inquiry Form. A Food Sourcing staff member will reply. Thank you!

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Donate food that’s safe for consumption but has been discontinued, is approaching its best-by date, is overstocked, has a labeling error, is a test or promotional product, is slightly damaged, or needs to be removed for inventory.

Some of our generous donors include: Legacy Farms, Frieda’s Specialty Produce, Flowers Baking Company, OC Produce, Veg-Land, Kellogg Company, Heritage Foods, Schreiber Foods, and more.

Grocery Stores

We give you a safe, efficient way to donate:

  • meat
  • dairy
  • deli
  • produce
  • bakery
  • frozen items
  • shelf-stable items
  • non-food health and beauty items

We’ll make scheduled pick-ups in temperature-controlled trucks and deliver your donations directly to member charities to ensure peak freshness.

Our current partners include Walmart, Sam’s Club, Albertsons Companies, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Target, Gelson’s, select Trader Joe’s locations, Aldi, Amazon Fresh, Costco Wholesale, Big Lots, Smart & Final, Grocery Outlet, and Sprouts.

Food Vendors

Some foods are not donated in sufficient quantities, so we purchase them in bulk. If you’d like to bid for these sales, please contact us.

For more information, please contact our Food Sourcing Team at [email protected]

Other Food Donations

If you have an event with leftover food, with advanced notice we can help get it to those who need it. To learn more please contact our Food Sourcing Team at [email protected].

Food Drives

Your donations can be a fun way to motivate your employees. It’s easy to host a food drive, or you can hold a virtual food drive online.

Restaurants & Food Service Rescue Program

We can deliver your unsold prepared and perishable food or event leftovers directly to our smaller member charities. We provide donation records for your tax purposes.

Our current partners include Starbucks, Disneyland Hotel and Orange County School Districts.

For more information, please contact our Food Sourcing Team at [email protected].