DC Food Recovery Working Group is committed to developing resources and guides to help promote local food recovery efforts.  If anyone has ideas on new resources or suggestions for existing resources please contact us.

DC Local Guides and Resources

DC Food Recovery Guide 2017
The DC Food Recovery Guide is a resource guide for DC Communities promoting all of the programs and resources in all aspects of food recovery in DC.

DC Food Recovery Business Guide 2017
The DC Food Recovery Business Guide is a resource guide for any DC food business (restaurants, caterers, cafeterias, grocery stores, etc) promoting all the programs and resources specific to businesses in all aspects of food recovery in DC.

Food Recovery in the District of Columbia: A Legal Guide
The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic partnered with the DC Food Recovery Working Group to published the “Food Recovery in the District of Columbia: A Legal Guide” as a guide for laws and policies around food recovery in DC.

Federal Business Tax Incentives for Food Donations Guide
This is a guide on how to receive federal tax incentives for businesses donating food.

Capital Area Food Bank Produce Guides Guides
Provides storage advice, recommended uses, nutrition facts, etc. for many of the produce items CAFB distributes (In English & Spanish) 

DUG Network DC Food Recovery Tools and Guides
List of food recovery Apps and technology, guides, infographics, programs and legislation specific to greater DC area.

WWF : Fighting Food Waste in Hotels Toolkit
This Toolkit, developed by the World Wildlife Foundation offers guidance to reduce and manage food waste at every stage along a hotel’s ‘Flow of Food’.

WWF: Food Waste Warrior Toolkit (For Schools)
The food waste warrior toolkit provides lessons, activities and resources to share how what we eat and what we throw away impacts our planet by creating a classroom in the cafeteria.


National Guides and Resources

Save the Food Campaign
NRDC and the AD Council campaign to reduce food waste by offering a variety of resources from posters, infographics, social media resources and more.

Community Food Rescue
Great food recovery and safety pamphlets, videos and educational resources in multiple languages

Seattle Public Utilities Guides
Storage guides, infographics, USDA Food Product Dating Fact Sheet (explains food date labels), and more

Data driven guide to food waste solutions 

Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities
The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic published this toolkit to provide comprehensive information on eight different policy areas that states and localities can consider as they ramp up efforts to reduce food waste. The toolkit includes recommendations for each of the policy areas, which can be utilized by legislators, advocates, food donors, and food recovery organizations to call for policy changes. Each section of the toolkit describes the relevant federal laws, provides state examples, and offers the Clinic’s policy recommendations.
The policy areas are:
• Liability Protection for Food Donations;
• Tax Incentives for Food Donations;
• Date Labeling;
• Food Safety for Food Donations;
• Food Waste Reduction in K-12 Schools;
• Feeding Food Scraps to Livestock;
• Organic Waste Bans and Waste Recycling Laws; and
• Government Support for Food Waste Reduction.


Resource Websites
Is it OK to eat? This website features images of food items that might give some people pause (i.e. separated yogurt, a russeted apple, a really brown banana). Articles explain the science behind the items, in most cases concluding that they’re perfectly fine to eat. The goal is more peace of mind and less wasted food. 

Spoiler Alert
Website to help better manage unsold food inventory

Food waste prevention technology that enables commercial kitchens to dramatically reduce food waste and operate more sustainable facilities.

EPA Tools for Assessing Wasted Food
These tools help to measure and track the amount, type of, and the source of the food and packaging waste.

EPA Food Recovery Challenge (FRC)
As part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM). SMM seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle. This includes how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.

Find you recipes based on the ingredients you enter in the search box.

King County
Has some great recipes for leftovers developed by PCC Natural Markets.



Legislation and Policies

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996
Federal liability protection for anyone donating food in good faith to a 501c3 non profit.

DC Food Donation Liability Protection
The DC law related to liability protection for food donation is D.C. Code Ann. § 48-301. The law provides criminal and civil liability protection to food businesses that donate food to a non-profit that distributes food for free or a nominal charge. This protection applies unless there is evidence of gross negligence or intentional misconduct by the donor.