For Tree Owners

Community Fruit Rescue is a program that harvests excess fruit and donates it to local agencies to be distributed to food insecure individuals around the city.

We harvest:

  • Fruit from your backyard!
  • Fruit from public lands
  • Leftover or bypassed fruit from local orchards

Some examples of fruit we harvest:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Cherries

We do not harvest:

  • Crab Apples (Malus coronaria)
  • Non Edible Fruits

Food donors may be eligible for tax deductions or tax credits and will receive documentation of crop types and amounts to submit with tax returns.

Protection:

We properly train, supervise and hold liability coverage for all volunteers who harvest with us.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."
  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conductis likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.