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Retail Food Rescue

Local grocery stores and grocery e-commerce locations can connect directly with our partner agencies to donate food and goods.


Food Rescue for Retailers

Get Connected With A Food Access Partner In Your Area

To save good food from being wasted, the Food Depository connects food retailers with nearby food pantries and programs in our network. Our food safety and sanitation-trained food access partners will pick up product and use it to support community grocery and meal distributions.

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How To Connect With the Food Rescue Program and Other FAQs

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Our partners can accept:

  • Dairy
  • Deli/prepared items
  • Frozen items (including meat/seafood that has been frozen on our before the “best by” date)
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated items
  • Non-food items (we do not accept donations of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and/or cannabis/CBD/THC products)
  • Shelf-stable/dry/ambient grocery items
  • Damaged items that are still food safe (i.e. the internal packaging has not been compromised)

We only accept items that have a label with ingredient and allergen information.

For more information or to get started, please reach out to us or call 773-247-3663 and follow the prompts to reach a Food Rescue Team member.

Food access partners looking to connect to a retailer should submit information through our online form. A member of the Food Rescue team will reach out to you within 3 business days.

Get Started with Retail Food Rescue

Contact us to learn more or get started with the Retail Food Rescue program.