Abound Food Donation

Abound Food Care
Food Donation Program

The Food Donation Program provides food industry organizations with the tools to safely and efficiently donate excess edible food — reducing food waste and operational costs, while helping to end hunger and protect our planet.

Our Partners

Abound partners with food industry organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stores
  • Hotels
  • Caterers
  • Entertainment facilities
  • Distributors
  • Processors
  • Manufacturers
  • Growers
  • Food industry support entities (transportation and cold-storage facilities)

The Challenge

Today, nearly 50 million Americans are food insecure; meanwhile, approximately 40% of all food produced is ultimately wasted. There is an urgent need to reduce food waste by recovering and redirecting excess edible food to pantries and other public agencies for its intended purpose: feeding people.

Donating excess food is not only the right thing to do; it’s smart business. There are cost benefits and tax deductions associated with reducing food waste. Plus, a growing number of states are mandating a reduction in food waste destined for local landfills, where it creates toxic methane gas (a known greenhouse gas pollutant).

There are numerous social, environmental, and economic benefits associated with participation in an excess edible food recovery program that align with the core goals, objectives, and values of every food industry company. Unfortunately, most current food recovery efforts are local in scope and lack the capacity to service the needs of regional and national food industry companies.

Our Solution

Many in the food industry are all too familiar with food waste, but may be electing not to donate excess food due to food safety concerns, perceived liability, and potential brand damage that might result. Our food care model is a nationally recognized program that removes barriers and mitigates these concerns.

Abound provides supply chain optimization, guiding food through every part of the food journey to ensure it feeds and nourishes people safely. We leverage our expertise and network of partners to provide logistical support, including food pick-up, tracking, and delivery.

Program Components

  1. Transportation and Logistical Support
    Food service institutions use an Abound technology platform – ChowMatch – to safely and conveniently donate excess edible food. The donation is logged in and then linked to potential nonprofits that can receive and distribute donated food quickly. After an agency claims the donation, a trained and equipped logistics provider completes the food donation run, tracking critical food safety components such as time and temperature.
  2. Food and Meal Distribution
    Recovered food is distributed to local nonprofit food agencies (pantries, family resource centers, etc.) where it is distributed to food insecure populations. In the case of bulk food, donations are recovered from distributors, growers, or processors, and product is directed to our network of Food Repurposing Kitchens. Here, recovered products are made into nutritious meals or meal components using cook/chill production methods that extend the shelf life from two weeks for up to one year—allowing for safe distribution to those in need.
  3. Data Tracking and Reporting
    Abound provides food donors with the data required for a maximum tax deduction and proof of compliance with California state law (SB 1383) mandating the donation of excess edible food.

The Benefits are Boundless

With the proper care and handling of food, we can feed more and waste less. The social, environmental, and economic benefits of participating in the Abound Food Donation Program are boundless:

  • Reduce excess inventory. Run a more efficient operation.
  • Save money. Pay less on trash hauling costs associated with the transportation and maintenance of food to the landfill.
  • Compliance with state and local mandates. Fulfill reporting requirements and avoid penalties.
  • Help end hunger. Ensure that no food is ever wasted and that every American is well fed.
  • Waste less. Reduce the impact on our landfills—and our planet.

Abound is ready to help you realize these benefits. For more information on donating food and setting up your own customized food recovery program, please fill out this form and someone from our team will get in touch.