Guidelines for Food Donation

The National Zero Waste Council has developed new guidelines to help inform food manufacturers and retailers as well as community organizations who are making decisions about donating or receiving high quality nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.  Driving these guidelines is the need to match the types of food available with the needs of the recipient as well as the capacity and operations of both.

Guidelines to Minimize Waste

The companion to these guidelines is Food Donation and Civil Liability in Canada, which addresses concerns that current and future industry food donors may have about the potential for legal liability, particularly when donating perishable food items.


Media Release - April 20, 2018 - New Canadian Guidelines Around Food Donation Unveiled in an Effort to Reduce Food Waste