Food Industry Partnerships

Donated food is essential to how Second Harvest Food Bank serves those in need. While food drives and individual giving are extremely valuable, large scale food donations are critical to meet the growing needs of the increasing number of people relying on food assistance in southern Louisiana. The scale of our work requires the support of donors in the manufacturing, distribution and processing industries. Only through the ongoing support of food industry donors can Second Harvest Food Bank continue to provide for the more than 200,000 individuals and families that utilize our services each year.


Benefits of Partnering with Second Harvest

There are many benefits to donating your excess, distressed or unsalable products:

·        Protection: Comprehensive liability protection through the Good Samaritan Act

·        Convenience: Free product pickup within our 23 parish service area

·        Safety: Adherence to safe food handling best practices

·        Receive valuable tax benefits

·        Reduce costs associated with storage, transportation and disposal

·        Assist more than 210,000 people in South Louisiana each year


How to Donate


Call our Food Sourcing Specialist to discuss your donation. Donations are vetted to ensure that they meet SHFB Food Safety Guidelines.

Drop Off

Donations can be dropped off at either our Lafayette or New Orleans warehouses.

Schedule Pick Up

Donors who consistently have product may prefer a regularly scheduled pickup. Pickup schedules can be arranged for specific days/times to meet donor’s needs.

Call-In Pick Up

Donors with less consistent donation opportunities may prefer a “call-in” arrangement. Contact our Food Sourcing Specialist to make arrangements. Donations will be picked up within 48 hours.


Our Partners and Programs

Once your donation reaches our warehouse, it will be quickly distributed through our network of 474 agencies and programs. These agencies are monitored to ensure that donated products do not re-enter the market and are handled and served in accordance with all applicable laws.


What Types of Products can be Donated?

Frozen and refrigerated goods
Discontinued products
Ingredients and raw materials
Promotional items
Seasonal items
Production overruns
Private-label product
Off-specification product
Prepared and perishable goods
Household cleaning items
Pet products


Call to Schedule a Pick Up:

Megan Nuismer, Food Sourcing Specialist
504-729-6338 (O) 504-906-5474 (C)

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