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For Farmers and Growers

Rust Belt Harvest is a program that gleans excess produce and donates it to local agencies to be distributed to food insecure individuals in the Buffalo area.

We glean:

  • Quality produce that is no longer commercially viable
  • Weather damaged crops
  • Produce from bypassed fields
  • Non-machine gleanable crops
  • Pollinator trees
  • Secondary growth

Additionally, Rust Belt Harvest will pick up crops which have already been gleaned.

Food donors may be eligible for tax deductions or tax credits and will receive documentation of crop types and amounts to submit with tax returns.

New York State Tax Credit

Farmers who donate may be eligible for a 25% tax credit from the State of New York. Details can found at Department of Taxation and Finance.

Protection:

We properly train, supervise and hold liability coverage for all volunteers who glean with us.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this 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."
  • 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 conductis likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.