Large-Scale Food Donations


Local food companies can save money and reduce waste while helping to nourish our community. Last year we received over 5 million pounds of food from local businesses to help feed more than one quarter of a million people in need each month.

Large-scale food donors include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Growers and packers
  • Schools and institutions
  • Food transportation companies

Food Donation = Business Solutions

By donating your unsalable, surplus, distressed, or close-to-code-date food directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, your company receives many benefits:

  • Save money on dumping and disposal fees
  • Reduce waste and increase sustainability
  • Receive a tax deduction (consult with your tax advisor)
  • Increase warehouse space or save on storage charges
  • Expand company visibility through partnership opportunities

Protecting Our Partners

Millions of pounds of food and groceries go to waste each year. To encourage companies to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, the government instituted the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to protect donors from criminal and civil liability:

  • Protects donors from liability when donating to a non-profit organization
  • Protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure; donors and their legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states

For more information, please refer to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.


Donor Information

Please be prepared to provide the following information prior to donating:

  1. Company name, mailing address, contact name, and phone number
  2. Reason for donation (surplus, approaching code date, inventory, salvage, quality control)
  3. Product description and storage requirements (dry, refrigerated, frozen, fresh)
  4. Packaging details (case and package size)
  5. Number of units, pounds, cases, pallets
  6. Is the product labeled with a list of ingredients
  7. Code date information (date printed on the individual package or carton)

How Food Donation Works:

  1. Contact the Food Sourcing Department to schedule a pick-up. Please note that we require a minimum of 350 lbs. to justify the cost of sending a truck
  2. Or donations can be delivered directly to one of our three warehouse locations in San Jose or San Carlos.
  3. Donations are received into our inventory system and stored in our freezer, cooler, or dry storage.
  4. All donations are made available to our network of 300 nonprofit partner agencies and direct service programs. (See also: How We Work)

How do I become a Donor?

For more information, contact the Food Sourcing Department at:
Office: (408) 266-8866 x102

Pulmuone Foods brands

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This year alone, Pulmuone Foods USA has donated 140,000 pounds of all-natural food to provide healthy options for our local families in need.

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