Food Safety & Liability
Aloha Harvest was planned using Department of Health guidelines, setting up an efficient sanitary system for the responsible handling of food. Aloha Harvest voluntarily requires that all drivers successfully complete the Health Department's Food Safety Education Program. The Aloha Harvest vehicles are refrigerated with freezing capability to maintain the food at the proper temperature and is sanitized, inside and out, on a weekly basis by a professional cleaner.
Both the Food Donor and Recipient Social Service Agency are protected by two important government laws:
(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 liability 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 to needy individuals.
State – Hawaii 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 the donated food products, except for such damages as may result from the donor’s gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions.
Aloha Harvest fills a vital niche in O‘ahu's community. Thousands of would-be hungry individuals depend on Aloha Harvest's deliveries of donated food every day. This innovative concept of transferring food from the "haves" to the have-nots" is a cost-effective approach to alleviating hunger among one-in-four islanders.
Not only does Aloha Harvest provide much needed food to feed the hungry, but Aloha Harvest helps to keep good quality food from going to waste and diverts it from the waste stream.
Do you run a restaurant, catering service, hotel or food distribution warehouse? Are you planning a catered event, Luau or organizing a food drive? Help us feed Hawai`i’s hungry with your excess food by calling our office. We’ll pick up your food donations that would otherwise go to waste, and deliver it directly to one of our social service agencies.
The Food Recovery Challenge is an EPA program that supports organizations to rethink business as usual. Organizations are encouraged to follow the Food Recovery Hierarchy to prioritize their actions to prevent and divert wasted food. As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. Businesses and organizations are learning to purchase less and divert surplus food away from landfills to non-profit hunger-relief organizations and to composting.
The FRC has two categories: participants and endorsers. Participants prevent and divert wasted food in their operations following the Food Recovery Hierarchy. Endorsers promote sustainable management of food by educating organizations and businesses as well as recruiting organizations and businesses to join the FRC. Aloha Harvest falls under the endorser category.
Participants and endorsers include groups such as grocers, educational institutions, restaurants, faith organizations, sports and entertainment venues, and hospitality businesses. Learn more about becoming a participant or endorser for the EPA Food Recovery Challenge here.