Some potential donors hesitate to donate food out of fear that they could be held responsible should a recipient become ill from the donated food.

On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. 


This law:


  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;

  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;

  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and

  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."


For a copy of the law go to: Good Samaritan Food Donation Act 


Food donated to SONOMA Food Runners is transported as quickly as

possible to ensure safety, freshness and appeal. 

Donor Liability, Fear Not!

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