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Donate edible food to help people in need

If your business has unsold portions of food which are edible, they can be donated to charity.

Food donors are protected under the Civil Liability Amendment (Food Donation) Act. This act limits the liability of individuals and businesses that donate food providing certain food safety conditions have been met.

As the NSW Food Authority advises, food donors must ensure that:

  • The food is donated in good faith for a charitable or benevolent purpose.
  • The food is donated with the intention that the receiver of food does not have to pay for the food.
  • The food is safe to eat when it leaves the possession or control of the donor.
  • The donor gives the charity any information it needs to ensure the ongoing safety of the food.

The Love Food Hate Waste Food Donation Tool Kit (PDF 3MB) provides information about how to donate food and helps you identify which charity to donate your food to.

There may be a food donation service in your area which you can work with or contact one of the agencies below

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