Waste Reduction and Management
Donate Leftover Food And Amenities

What Is It?

Restaurants typically have a surplus of food ingredients that can be donated instead of being thrown away. The food can be used to feed the hungry, animals, or for use in industrial processes and compost.


Donating food decreases waste disposal costs and can provide a tax deduction to some businesses. Leftover food can also be sold as compost material, instead of going to the waste stream. Donating the food also helps to alleviate hunger and malnutrition of underprivileged recipients who rely on food banks and shelters for assistance. Helping the environmental and social welfare simultaneously can also be a great opportunity for a business to showcase its dedication to social responsibility.

Read morePDF about the benefits of donating leftover food and amenities.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • Community Servings
  • Crittenton Women’s Union
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Zoo New England

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Boston Area Businesses that Donate Food and Amenities:

A Small Sample of Boston Area Organizations who Accept Donations:


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