Now Serving: More Donations

The other NRA, the National Restaurant Association, is getting more serious about food donation. The restaurant group announced a new partnership with the Food Donation Connection, a kind of food recovery matchmaker.

This is great news, as many restaurants are hesitant to donate their excess food. Unfounded fears of liability and inertia/laziness are two major barriers to donation. That’s why I’m hoping some inter-industry leadership will coax more eateries into donating.

Photo by llabocaj via creative commonsMy other reaction: It’s about time! Also, there’s some room for concern over how healthy these new donations will be, given the partner restaurants listed on the FDC site. But that’s more of general restaurant industry issue and a conversation for another day.

Food Donation Connection, based in Knoxville, Tenn., takes some of the guesswork out of donations for restaurants. They have extensive experience setting up restaurants with local food relief groups and have helpful tax and liability info on their site, but don’t do any recovering themselves. They’re middlemen in the best possible connotation.

Bill Reighard, President of FDC, is excited, and so am I. And so are the hunger-relief agencies, said Reighard:

“The agencies are excited that the Association has stepped up in a significant way to fight against hunger. We look forward to expanded participation by the restaurant industry.”

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    It took me a few seconds to recognize where I knew that restaurant from. Ahhh . . . Seinfeld.

    Katy Wolk-Stanley

    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

    P.S. I stuck to my guns yesterday with the “Waste No Food Challenge” when I scraped the last bits out of four different ice-cream containers (leftover from a soccer party) in order to make milkshakes as after-school snacks for my boys.

    Yes — avoiding food waste is a constant sacrifice.

  2. Posted September 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    You’re a true martyr, Katy! (Hope you got a shake, too.)

3 Trackbacks

  1. [...] Jonathan Bloom’s Wasted Food Blog has some good news for the many Americans visiting soup kitchens and food pantries: “The other NRA, the National Restaurant Association, is getting more serious about food donation. The restaurant group announced a new partnership with the Food Donation Connection, a kind of food recovery matchmaker.” [...]

  2. [...] Gone are the days that it’s acceptable for shops to chuck unused food away at closing time (and having worked as a barista for a certain worldwide coffee chain, I’ve seen my fair share of that). While up to a third of household groceries still go into the trash, restaurants are acting rather more respectably by offering up their output to local charities and nonprofit organisations, or directly into the hands of the homeless on the street. Check out the National Restaurant Association’s food donation work, and their guide to doing it (PDF). [...]

  3. [...] into the hands of the homeless on the street. Check out the National Restaurant Association’s food donation work, and their guide to doing it [...]

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