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FoodLink is currently working on a variety of fundraising initiatives that will allow for the continued expansion of this much-needed program. Through the provision of healthy food to our community, we can make a substantial impact on the overall health of families in our community.

How is FoodLink Funded

In great part, by people like you. FoodLink is a non-profit organization that relies on contributions to pay most operating expenses. Individuals, corporations and foundations all contribute to FoodLink which is one of the best financial investments in the community. Nearly XX percent of all resources received by FoodLink are returned to the community in programs and services.

FoodLink distributed more than 6.2 million pounds food and grocery products in 2013 Although the agencies pay a small delivery fee for the food delivered to their site, the total of those fees is minor. This means that millions of dollars are saved by the FoodLink Partner Agencies — money that can be used for programs and other needs.

Financial Contributions

FoodLink can leverage your donation to make it go even further! For every $1 donated, FoodLink can provide $5 worth of food!

Food Donations

FoodLink’s warehouse accepts food donations from a variety of sources. Call us at (559) 651-3663 for more information.

What should I donate?

FoodLink accepts cases, pallets and truckloads of most food and non-food items with intact, first-use, consumer or commercial packaging. Healthy, table-quality produce, and especially meat, dairy and bread, are most welcome. Please see food drive donation list below.

What happens to my food donation?

After being checked for safety and quality, FoodLink distributes your food donation to one or more of our 30 Partner Agencies across the county. Partner Agencies, including soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, then provide the food to hungry Tulare residents.

Food Industry Donations

Retail grocers, food manufacturers, growers and food distributors have a cost-effective way to manage un-salable food and non-food items by donating to FoodLink.

Why donate?

  • Support your community by using food to nourish the XXX Tulare residents each week who receive emergency food assistance.

  • Improve your bottom line through cost savings from reduced waste disposal fees.  Eliminate surplus inventoryand maximize the efficiency of your warehouse. Federal tax law permits you to deduct your donation.

  • Reduce your environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions

  • Community Recognition and Goodwill: Your brand integrity is maintained through the distribution process. FoodLink also promotes donors in marketing communications and provides you with any receipts and acknowledgments needed.

Liability Protection

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects you from civil and criminal liability. President Bill Clinton signed this act on October 1, 1996, to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization.

  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient.

  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states.

  • Sets a floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well being of another person.”