Local Farmers

Donate
Your Crop

Local farms sometimes have excess fruit and vegetables that remain unsold. Many farms in and around South County have enthusiastically agreed to make that produce available to Berkshire- Bounty for distribution to people in need through food distribution organizations. We collect the excess fruit and vegetables at local farmers’ markets as well as at the local farms themselves.

Farmers donating food know that they are helping people in need and that they are part of the larger effort to relieve hunger in the Berkshires. End of year reports give farms the opportunity to take a tax deduction as well as to quantify the amount of their excess crops which can be useful in the farms’ planning for future plantings.

If you want to help, click on the "Donate Your Crop" button on this page and fill out the form, or get in touch with us directly through the Contact Page.





Protection:

We properly train and supervise all volunteers who glean with us. Every volunteer has checked off a liability waiver that protects the crop donor. A copy of this can be seen here.

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."

For more information: Feeding America.

In 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act as Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which modified Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow all companies to earn an enhanced tax deduction for donating selected surplus property, including food.