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 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.

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.

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.


Website Resources
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. 

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.


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.

Coming Soon in Spring 2017

DC Food Recovery School Resource Guide

DC Food Recovery Policy Guide