Oregon Food Bank will provide a tax receipt for in-kind donations received either at one of the four branch locations or sent via UPS or FedEx to NE 33rd, or sent via USPS to the P.O. Box or lockbox. The receipt will identify a description of the item(s) donated, but will not provide a dollar value associated with the donation. Food donations that are not delivered to a warehouse for weighing will be described simply as “(the number of) bags or boxes of assorted food.” It is the donor’s responsibility to assign a dollar amount for tax filing purposes. For high dollar value items, additional receipting may be necessary. The handwritten receipt provided when the donation is received by Oregon Food Bank serves as the tax receipt for food and in-kind donations.
All food donations are protected by the Good Samaritan Law. 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.
Food industry donors may be eligible for state tax credits and/or federal deductions based on food donations to Oregon Food Bank. We give tax receipts to all donors.