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Become a Food Donor

If you are involved in the food industry as a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, restaurant, grower, trucking company or in some other way, consider donating your food surpluses to The Weinberg Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Food Bank.

The 50,000 square foot food bank is equipped to accept dry, refrigerated or frozen products.  We also accept non-food items such as personal care items, dental products, some baby items and paper products.

Food industry members in our area currently donate the following items:

Surplus inventory or production

  • Surplus inventory or production
  • Discontinued products
  • Products with cosmetic errors
  • Items that have production errors
  • Sample, promotional or seasonal items
  • Test or new products
  • Products that are near code dates
  • Bulk and food service sized products
  • Unlabeled or mislabeled items
  • Products with damaged packaging


Donations are tax-deductible and can be very cost-effective business solution.  Some benefits to donating your surplus include:

  • Significant tax savings – the tax deduction usually equals the sum of half the unrealized appreciation plus the taxpayer’s cost.
  • Savings on storage costs and dumping fees
  • Reducing the waste of good produce
  • Building your public image by supporting hunger relief efforts in our community


All donors are protected from liability by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

For information about what we can and cannot accept, please check out our Food Safety Guidelines for Donors.  

Donations can be received at our warehouse Monday thru Friday, between 7 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. Please call ahead to ensure the food bank has adequate storage space for the product. Depending on our delivery schedule, we can sometimes make arrangements to pick up your donation.  To schedule your donation, please contact our warehouse manager, Dan Yaglowski at 570-301-3006 or email

To see a list of our food donors, click here.

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