Food Industry Donations

Most of the food we distribute comes from the food industry — from growers, packers, retailers, manufacturers and more.

If you have safe, edible food in any form, we can use it. We make donating easy for you. From off-grades to code-dates, we can turn your liabilities into assets that nourish families in our community.

We can combine donations to create new products, increasing nutritional value, shelf life and ease of preparation. We work with manufacturing and processing partners, using their expertise and capacity to develop new products from donated ingredients.

Our goal is to ensure that the fruits of your labor benefit those in need rather than being wasted.

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Donation Benefits & Protections


We pick up donations quickly to free your space for your regular inventory. We work directly with major outside storage facilities throughout the state and can quickly transfer donations to our accounts, reducing your storage costs.
DEQ estimates average dumping costs at $150 per ton. Donating food reduces your disposal costs while providing valuable resources to families in need.
More than 477,000 tons of food goes into Oregon landfills each year. Of that total, Metro estimates that nearly half is edible food or food ingredients. Our food industry donors consistently tell us that employee morale goes up when waste goes down.

You may be eligible for state-tax credits and/or federal deductions based on your food donations to Oregon Food Bank. We give tax receipts to all donors.

Learn more about Oregon’s crop donation tax credit
Learn more federal tax benefits


Under the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, a federal statute, anyone who donates food in good faith to a food bank or gleaning organization is protected from all liability associated with that product. Furthermore, Oregon Food Bank and our partner agencies follow strict food handling and safety procedures to ensure that the people we serve receive the highest-quality food possible.
We can relabel and repack many donations to correct ingredient errors and protect brand integrity based on your specifications.
Oregon Food Bank trains and monitors all member agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable safe food handling practices and policies. Oregon Food Bank is a U.S. Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture inspected facility.
We never sell, trade or barter food donations.

Fresh Alliance Program

Fresh Alliance brings nutritious food to our neighbors in need and is a key component of Oregon Food Bank’s commitment to increase the nutritional quality of the food we distribute.

We work closely with local grocers and retailers to pick up donations of nutritious, perishable food, including milk, meat, produce and other dairy products.

Since its inception in 2001, Fresh Alliance has diverted more than 80 million pounds of food from waste and compost, and has been replicated by food banks across the country.

Grocery Partners:

Fred Meyer
Green Zebra
Market of Choice
Natural Grocer
Roth’s IGA
Cash & Carry
Whole Foods

Our Facility

Our location in northeast Portland has enough warehouse space to safely store up to 4-million pounds of food:

  • 8,500 square-foot freezer
  • 4,000 square-foot cooler
  • 14 dock-level doors
  • 8 refrigerated tractor trailers
  • 7 refrigerated box trucks

Types of Products

We have the capacity to pick up, store and distribute the following types of products:

  • Fresh
  • Dehydrated
  • Discontinued
  • Damaged Outer Cases
  • Frozen
  • Dry
  • Surplus
  • Bulk
  • Canned
  • Code-dated
  • Mislabeled
  • Out of specification
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