Good Samaritan Act

Many people are not aware that there is a federal law and a California law that supports food donations by protecting the donor from liability.

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed in 1996 to encourage donations of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This act protects anyone – person, gleaner or non-profit organization – who make a donation in good faith, and without gross negligence, from civil or criminal liability. Read the federal act here.

The California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (AB-1219) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017 to strengthen and expand on the state’s existing liability protections for food donors. Read the California act here.

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