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Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Food Industry Donations

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank relies on the generosity of our food donors. We solicit donations of all types of food from many sources to distribute to our nonprofit partner agencies and member programs. 

Donation sources include manufacturers, retailers, distributors, produce vendors, brokers, food shows, freight companies and Ohio growers and processors. The Food Bank is a convenient, cost effective solution to inventory challenges, storage and space limitations and waste disposal costs. Thanks to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Law and new tax laws, donors are protected from civil and criminal liability and offered a tax incentive.

Enhanced tax deductions to provide up to 78 million additional meals for America’s hungry

On Dec. 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act (H.R. 4853). The new law extends an enhanced tax deduction for all business taxpayers that could provide up to 78 million additional meals for hungry Americans over the next two years.

This represents a major victory for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, food donors and the hungry people we serve in our community.  

Included in the new law are charitable tax extenders that will make it easier for farmers, franchisees, restaurateurs and other small business taxpayers to donate food to food banks nationwide, including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and to our partner agencies. This law extended the enhanced tax deduction for food and grocery product donations to all business taxpayers from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013, meaning that the law now applies to donation from non-C level corporations. This provision is retroactive and available for product donations already made to food bank and other charitable hunger-relief organizations in 2012.

If you have questions about the enhanced tax deduction, please contact Patty Eilmann at 216.738.2130 or Feeding America representative Carrie Calvert at 202.546.7001.


Are you ready to make a donation of food?

What to Donate
The Food Bank accepts many types of surplus goods. Learn about our most needed items.

How to Donate
Making a donation of food is easy. Learn how!

Why Donate Food
There are more than 600 local hunger programs that depend on your support to feed our community's hungry.

Contact Us
For more information, please contact Patty Eilmann, our Director of Product Resource Development, at 216.738.2130 or link to email peilmann@clevelandfoodbank.org.