Our drivers pick up excess food from food donors 7 days a week. We establish regular schedules with most food donors (like every Mon, Wed, Fri) and/or respond to calls for pickups as needed. In some cases, we provide pans/ containers if food donors need them. This is all free of charge.
Aloha Harvest is the only nonprofit doing this work in the state of Hawai`i, acting as an essential collaborator with local food banks and social service agencies. In Hawai’i, 1 in 5 people depend on food pantries and yet 237,000 tons of good food is wasted annually. Since Aloha Harvest’s founding in 1999, we have rescued over 23 million pounds of quality food and gotten it into stomachs instead of landfills. That number can be much higher. By partnering with us, you help to ease both food insecurity and environmental footprint.
Protection from Liability
Federal - Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 (42 USC § 1791)
(c) Liability for damages from donated food and grocery products.
(1) Liability of a person or gleaner.
A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or criminal arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for the ultimate distribution of needy individuals.
State - Hawai`i Good Samaritan Donation of Food Act (HRS 145D §-1, §-2, §-3, §-4, §-5)
[§145D-2] Exceptions to liability. (a) Any donor of food products, who in good faith donates the food for the use or distribution by a charitable, religious, or nonprofit organization to needy persons shall not be liable for any civil damages or criminal penalties for any injuries or illnesses including, but not limited to injuries or illnesses resulting from the nature, age, condition, packaging, or handling of donated food products, except for such damages as may result from the donor’s negligence or wanton acts or omissions.
Aloha Harvest was planned using Department of Health guidelines, setting up a system for the sanitary and efficient handling of food. We require all our drivers to successfully complete the Hawai’i State Department of Health Food Handler Certification Class. Our vehicles are refrigerated to ensure food maintains safe temperatures during transport.Our vehicles are sanitized, inside and out, on a biweekly basis by a professional cleaner.