Food for Good

What is Food for Good?

Food for Good is the name of our food rescue program. “Rescuing food” describes the process of intercepting edible food that would otherwise be thrown away and distributing it to people in need. This food is often fresh produce with blemishes, food that is soon-to-expire, prepared foods, and excess stock from over-ordering or seasonal closures. Our volunteers pick up the food from local grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants, sort it, weigh it, and then distribute it throughout the community for free. 

Why rescue food?

Sadly, between 30 and 40 percent of the United States’ food supply is wasted. To address this problem, food rescue programs have been developed across the United States, successfully diverting millions of pounds of food from going to the landfill in recent years. Each year our Food for Good program rescues over 50,000 pounds (25 tons) of food locally, diverting it from the landfill, into the homes of those who can benefit from free food.

Food Insecurity exists in Teton Valley

The United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County identified that in 2018, 36% of Teton County, ID households were living below the necessary income required to afford the cost of the five basic household necessities – housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. This is known as the ALICE threshold–Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed–basically referring to those who are working hard but struggling with stability.

Food for Good Distribution Schedule

MONDAY

Community Resource Center

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

TUESDAY

Driggs City Center

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

THURSDAY

Victor Elementary School

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FRIDAY

Teton Valley Food Pantry

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hungry?

Food for Good is free, rescued food for all!

There are no eligibility requirements, nor limitations. Feel free to come to any or all of the distributions listed below. Stay informed about our pop-up distributions by following us on Facebook and Instagram .

The Teton Valley Food Pantry is another great food resource. You can find their distribution schedule below.

Participating & Supporting Organizations

  • ABC Afterschool Program
  • Victor Elementary
  • Teton Valley Food Pantry
  • Seniors West of the Tetons
  • City of Driggs
  • Hole Food Rescue
  • Full Circle Education
  • University of Idaho Extension’s Community Food Systems Program

Our Amazing Donors

Thanks to our generous community partners for opening their doors and making food rescue a reality in Teton Valley!

Interested in donating?

 There are greater tax incentives associated with donating food to the CRCTV, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, compared to the tax credit an organization may currently be receiving from inventorying their product as “spoilage or loss.” To learn more about this IRC 170(e)3 provision, visit the IRS’s Publication 526 and view their Food Inventory section for proof of how donating food through this program could save your business more money.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, a federal law passed in 1996, protects the CRCTV, our food donors, and our food recipients in case someone were to get sick and try to press charges against any of the participating parties. The law states that an individual or company “shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product donate[d] in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals” except in cases of “gross negligence or intentional misconduct.” The Bill Emerson Act hasn’t been tested in court yet, which means there isn’t relevant case law in any state. In the history of food rescue and reclamation programs, there has never been an attempted lawsuit. It is a broadly written federal bill and offers strong protection for good faith donors. 

 

In essence, this food rescue program will feed more people while saving your business money and reducing the amount of food that goes to the landfill. Please feel free to contact Betsy Hawkins with questions or concerns at 208-354-0870 or betsy@crctv.org. Thank you so much for your interest in donating and creating a healthier Teton Valley!

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