Food Recovery Program

Rethink Your Actions. Recycle Food. Renew Resources.

Recovering 5 percent of the food intended for discard in America could feed an additional
4 MILLION people EVERY DAY. ⎯ United States Department of Agriculture report.

Our Purpose

We collect perishable and non-perishable foods that were prepared for the public but never used. Our mission is to foster and promote the recovery and safe distribution of good food that otherwise would be wasted.

For years, we built the infrastructure and relationships necessary to provide local businesses with an efficient and reliable system to donate quality food. Today, we are looking to grow our operation to include even more businesses, hunger-fighting agencies and volunteers to ensure we recover as much food as possible and distribute it to the greatest number of people.

Call Food Recovery Coordinator Charlotte Borchert at 262-522-2374 or email her on our Contact Us page for
more information.

Advantages of Donating

Participating in the program can be very beneficial to you, in addition to greatly improving your community.

Advantages include:

• Helping reduce your company’s disposal costs
• Receiving tax deductions for the value of the food donated
• Increasing your company’s visibility and reputation
• Improving company culture by helping others
• Cutting your company’s waste
• And, of course, helping reduce hunger throughout your community

How Does Food Recovery Work?

Who Donates?

127 businesses, from food purveyors to manufacturers and growers to caterers and restaurants, contribute to the Food Recovery Program.

Where Does the Food Go?

Seventy-one different agencies ⎯ food pantries, meal programs, shelters, etc. ⎯ cooperate to transport and distribute the best food to specific clients as quickly as possible.

What Can You Donate?

  • Fresh or frozen produce
  • Fresh or frozen meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Baked goods
  • Leftover food from restaurants, buffets and catered events
  • Canned and packaged food items nearing their expiration dates

How Does the Program Work?

  • Contributors identify food items suitable for donation
  • Donors properly prepare and package the food
  • Food is then delivered by donors or Food Recovery volunteers may come pick it up. Simplify by establishing a consistent schedule with a Food Recovery partner near you

What Are the Regulations for Handling Food?

Each donor must follow strict food-handling standards to ensure the food we distribute is safe and of the best possible quality.

Regulations include:

  • Avoiding cross-contamination
  • Minimizing hand contact
  • Properly labeling and dating items
  • Food items may not be thawed and then refrozen
  • For safe and rapid cooling, food should be packaged into shallow containers and transferred directly to a refrigerator or freezer
  • Maintaining appropriate temperatures for food storage
    • Hot foods must be maintained at 140° F (or above) until they can be properly cooled and transferred to refrigerated conditions
    • Cold foods must be maintained at 40° F (or below) until the food is ready to be picked up

Further questions about food handling can be directed to the Division of Environmental Health at 262-896-8300 or the Food Pantry.