The Food Bank welcomes food donations from individuals and companies alike. If you would like to make a donation of food as an individual, please see Food Drives, or consider making a cash donation. If you represent a company in the food industry and would like to make a corporate donation, please read on for more information.

The Regional Food Bank receives several hundred thousand pounds of donated food and non-food items each week from the food industry. No donation is too great or too small. Every donation plays a part in making it possible for the Food Bank to provide over 25 million pounds of food and grocery products each year for hungry and disadvantaged people. The Food Bank has the capacity to serve as your one-stop resource for making optimal use of unmarketable product, giving you the opportunity to conveniently reach several non-profit agencies with your donations.

Who Donates Food?

The food industry is the backbone of food banking. Hundreds of local and national companies donate quality food to the Regional Food Bank, including:

  • Distributors
  • Farmers
  • Food Brokers
  • Manufacturers
  • Restaurants & Foodservice Operations
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers

Venison Donation Coalition of New York State

Venison is a wonderful, nutritious natural resource that many of our programs and their clients are very happy to receive. For information on how to donate venison and to find a processor in your county, please go to

Food Donor Spotlight

Cargill, Inc. is an international producer and marketer of food and agricultural products with operations in 65 countries. Cargill has several divisions, including Horizon Milling, which operates the fifth largest flour mill in theUnited Statesat thePortofAlbany.

On a tour of Horizon Milling, we had the opportunity to see the many steps in the milling process that turn bushels of wheat into various grades of flour. Their staff work hard to produce over two million pounds of flour each day, and they are also dedicated to service and for giving back to the community.

Since 2002, Cargill and Horizon Milling have donated over $60,000 to support the Food Bank’s programs, special projects, and events. Rob Sheffer, Managing Director-Northeast Region for Cargill and Regional Food Bank Board Member said, “Cargill’s core value of a commitment to serve ties in directly with being aligned with the Food Bank. It is a great feeling knowing that for every dollar we contribute, the Food Bank will provide $10 worth of food for people who really need it in our communities.  It makes us feel good that we can do what is best for others.”

Horizon Milling has made a commitment to send a flour donation to the Food Bank each month, and staff enjoy volunteering at our warehouse and Patroon Land Farm.  Tyler Burvee, Horizon Milling’s Assistant Facility Manager who has been instrumental in coordinating their support said, “I believe the collaborative relationship between Horizon Milling and the Food Bank is a natural choice. The commitment to serve is a value held with deep meaning by both organizations and one that allows for success in developing enriched communities”.

Farm Donor Spotlight

What Type of Food is Donated?

The Food Bank accepts donations of shelf-stable, fresh and frozen food, and non-food items such as paper goods, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies – basically any item available from a grocery retailer or distributor. These products may no longer be marketable for the company, but if they are still good to use and can be safely consumed they are of great value to the non-profits the Food Bank serves.
There are many reasons why companies choose to donate, including:

  • Production flaws
  • Overproduction
  • Mislabeling
  • Unlabeled product (can be accepted with verification of ingredients)
  • Discontinuation of product line
  • Pack changes or reformulations
  • Code dates –guidelines are researched and followed for safely utilizing close or past dated products
  • Cosmetic packaging damages
  • Shipping errors
  • Deliveries that are not accepted and cannot be returned cost-effectively
  • Product samples or test market items
  • Unharvested or imperfect produce

Benefits to Our Food Industry Partners

  • Liability Protection – The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996
    • Protects food donors from liability when donating to a 501©3 non-profit organization
    • Protects donors from civil and criminal liability for all product donated in good faith
    • Standardizes donor liability exposure
    • For more information see The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996
  • Convenience and savings in storage, inventory, transportation and dumping costs
  • Complete product tracking and recall capabilities
  • Product donation receipt showing item(s) and total weight
  • Safe Food Handling Training
  • The most important reason of all… over 40,000 people need food assistance each week in the Food Bank’s service area

Donating is Easy

If you would like more information about making a food donation, call:

Joanne Dwyer
Director of Food Industry Relations & Business Development Representative
518-786-3691, x223

To make arrangements for a food donation, call:

Receiving Office
518-786-3691, x242

To schedule a pick up or delivery after hours, please leave a message and we will return your call the next business day.

If you are located in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Sullivan, Putnam or Rockland counties, please call our branch facility:

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
(845) 534-5344

The Food Bank is available to pick up or receive deliveries Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

To help us best prepare for your donation, please provide the following product information:

  • Company name, contact(s), address, phone, fax and e-mail
  • Receipting address (if different from product location)
  • Date and time you would like the product picked up (or delivered to the Food Bank)
  • Amount / number of pallets
  • Product information and reason for donation –best-used-by dates, pack size, pallet configuration, information about extended shelf life, etc…