FAQ’s

How do I donate food?

Please fill out this form online

or

Leave a message on the Inland Harvest answer machine @ (909) 353-7890 stating:

  • Your business name and address
  • Your telephone number
  • A brief description of the type and amount (pounds) of food
  • Best time for pick up

Inland Harvest will send a volunteer to pick up your food–usually the same day you call–Given a few hours notice. We can pick up your donation between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Saturday. Special arrangements can be made in advance for late evening or Sunday pick ups. Even better, let us assign a route to pick up food from your business on a regular schedule.

What kind of food can be donated?

Inland Harvest volunteers will pick up and deliver any food, fresh, cooked or canned, in good condition for businesses in the inland Empire. We often transport items such as dated dairy products, whole-grain bread and pastries, leftover entrées and fresh fruits and vegetables. Individuals donate from their plentiful gardens and orchards. Canned food drives are another welcomed source.

Does it cost anything to donate food?

Most businesses pack food in plastic or aluminum containers or cardboard boxes.

What is my liability?

A 1989 California law (in the Health and Safety Code) protects donors from liability resulting from the use of donated food, and in 1996 The United States Federal Government passed a Law called the “Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Law” and also in 2008 the ‘‘Federal Food Donation Act of 2008’’  Inland Harvest would be happy to provide a copy upon request. Donations may be tax-deductible. Inland Harvest keeps records of all donations and issues periodic reports to donors upon request.

Who are our donors?

Numerous local businesses and institutions donate food to Inland Harvest. Among them are the University of Redlands, Shakey’s Pizza, California School for the Deaf, Riverside Trader Joe’s, Pizza Huts, Redlands Unified Schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Gourmet Pizza, Michelle’s Bakery, Olive Garden Restaurant, Vons, Yucaipa Unified Schools, and many more independently owned restaurants.

Who are our recipients?

Local non-profit agencies from Yucaipa, Redlands, San Bernardino area, and Riverside that feed needy men, women, and children. Among the 40 agencies currently receiving food are the Salvation Army, Redlands Family Service, Central City Lutheran Mission, Frazee Community Center, Riverside Settlement Association, and Option House.