Food rescue is the process of collecting donated food from restaurants, caterers, and other food service providers, and distributing that food to people in need through local social service organizations. Eat Greater Des Moines works to connect those businesses with excess, edible food to non-profit organizations that can put the food to good use. In the food business, predicting exact levels of demand can be a challenge. As a result, there is often safe prepared food left unsold at the end of a shift, event, or work day. Such food can be put to good use through a food rescue program, which handles pickup of donated food and distribution to agencies that serve people who are food insecure.
In the greater Des Moines area, easily connect with a local social service area by using the ChowBank food rescue smartphone application. The ChowBank app makes connecting with a local social service agency easy! Eat Greater Des Moines works with restaurants, hotels, caterers, event planners, grocery stores and others to identify excess prepared, fresh and shelf stable food suitable for donation. Get started today!
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As a volunteer, you can help to pick up prepared food from restaurants and other locations, and deliver it to sites that will serve it to people in need. To participate, complete this form and we’ll help match you with a recipient partner.
For Food Industry Professionals ▼
As a food industry professional, you can make surplus prepared food donation a standard business practice in your workplace. Food donors benefit from the safeguards afforded by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects those who donate food in good faith to non-profit organizations. To get started, please download the ChowBank application and get registered as a donor. If you have a regular food rescue opportunity and you need help finding a recipient match, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
For Social Service Professionals ▼
As a social service professional, you can work with Eat Greater Des Moines to determine whether your organization can receive donations of rescued prepared food. To express your interest, please email email@example.com and express your interest. You will then be contacted by Eat Greater Des Moines to discuss opportunities to receive food donations. You can also download the ChowBank application and get registered as a recipient to immediately begin receiving notifications of food available.