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     Lignes directrices visant à réduire le gaspillage alimentaire et à promouvoir les dons d’aliments

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.

  Food Donation and Civil Liability in Canada      Don d’aliments et responsabilité civile au Canada   


Interested in introducing a food donations program to your organization? These fact sheets provide a helpful overview of the issue along with considerations for getting started.

Interested in adding a food donation program to your organization? Review our upcoming workshops.