condition in which people do not get enough food to provide the
nutrients for active and healthy lives. It can result from the recurrent
and involuntary lack of access to food. Severe hunger exists in
households when children go hungry or adults experience prolonged or
acute hunger. (1)
the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the
ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways, is
limited or uncertain.
nonprofit organization that distributes food and other grocery products
to needy clients who then prepare and use these items where they live.
a place that serves prepared meals free-of-charge to individuals and families in need.
Food Rescue Organization:
charitable organization that solicits, receives and distributes donated
surplus prepared and perishable foods, grocery and non-perishable
foods, and non-grocery products to various types of non-profit human
services agencies, which, in turn, provide the food to individuals and
families served by their programs. The primary methods of distribution
are through the use of volunteers, including direct delivery and
centralized distributions. (2)
charitable organization that solicits, receives, inventories, and
stores donated food and grocery and non-perishable food products. These
products are distributed to non-profit human services agencies, which,
in turn, provide the food to individuals and families served by their
programs. The primary method of distribution allows agencies to
pre-order and schedule either pick-ups or deliveries. (2)
community-based non-profit human services agency that meets selected
criteria for membership and has a need for supplemental food to support
its social services programs. Examples include soup kitchens, food
pantries, emergency feeding programs, community residences for disabled
adults and children, and day programs for children and seniors.
food establishment, such as catering facility, restaurant, food
supplier/wholesaler, retail food chain or local farm that donated
surplus food to program. In addition, non-perishable canned and packaged
foods are donated through collection campaigns organized by companies,
schools, and civic groups.
trained and dedicated individual or team member that “rescues” the food
by picking up from a commercial donor and delivery it to a member
agency. Hundreds of individual and corporate team food runs take place
each week. Volunteers also devote time and skills to special events,
Speakers’ Bureau, helping with administrative needs in the office, and
so much more.
Good Samaritan Laws:
“Good Samaritan” laws protect food donors from liability so long as negligence or bad faith are not evident. (2) Further Information
Current Hunger Publications
(2) Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest
(3) National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ServSafe, second edition
(4) Partnership for Food Safety Education
(5) Food Research and Action Center
(7) U.S. Department of Homeland Security