At the end of the day, do you have extra food that will not sell another day? Consider donating it. At the end of each Saturday at the farmers’ market, volunteers will be on hand to collect and weigh produce donations. Food collected will be taken to The Salvation Army Hope Center so that other area food pantries can pick up from there.
Food donations are tax exempt and at the end of the market season you will be given a receipt with records of your donated items.
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The Federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996:
• Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit;
• Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
• Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in your state; and
• Sets a floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. Gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person.”