In December 2018, MEANS Database's co-founder and executive director, Maria Rose Belding, was featured as one of ten everyday heroes on CNN. Thank you for showcasing our work!
Donating Is Fast, Easy, and Safe
Always Free to Donate
Donating food via MEANS is always 100% free. We believe that it should be easier and cheaper to donate your unsold food than to throw it away. Premium features are available, but donating is always free.
MEANS has users in 49 states and the District of Columbia, so you can donate anywhere! If we don’t have users in your region, don’t worry. As soon as you sign up, our outreach team will begin recruiting around you to make sure we have partners nearby.
Find a Recipient Fast
3000+ Partner Organizations
We work with over 3000 partners throughout the United States. These users are food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and houses of worship. We verify their eligibility to receive tax-deductible donations so donors don’t have to.
Protected From Liability
Donations of "apparently wholesome food" donated in "good faith" to a "nonprofit organization" are protected by the Bill Emerson Food Donation Act. We verify our partners' nonprofit status, protecting you from liability.
Enhanced Tax Deduction
If you donate unsold food, you are eligible for a larger tax deduction than if you throw it out. At the end of the tax year, MEANS helps you download all the information you need to claim your enhanced tax deduction.
Our Partners Love Us!
The event was a rainy day event so our projected attendance was not where we thought it would be, and we had to find a way to dispose of 3600 lunch bags...within hours those bags were claimed...If we didn't have the MEANS Database, the bags of food would have gone in the dumpster.
We partnered with MEANS Database to donate excess goat meat and Lavosh bread to The Pennsylvania Avenue SDA Church food pantry. MEANS makes it easy for organizations like us, who produce mass quantities of food, to deliver it to those who are in need, and cut down on food waste.
A huge thank you to MEANS Database and Coca-Cola for donating EIGHT PALLETS of Vitamin Water and Powerade! It has already helped many experiencing homelessness and will continue to do so on a daily basis...this donation will provide much needed hydration to those living on the streets.
Receiving Donations Is Free, Customizable, and Simple
Free for Life for Nonprofits
Our nonprofit partners will never be charged for claiming food via MEANS. You shouldn't have to pay for donated food when you're serving those in need.
Only Receive What You Need
We won't drop food off on your doorstep that you can't use. When you create your account you tell us what kind of food you typically need and we only contact you about those. Then, you claim an item to be clear you want it!
Volunteers are always on the run! MEANS website is mobile friendly, ensuring a smooth experience no matter where you are. We offer customizable text and email alerts so you can claim food on the go.
Phone Number: (202) 449-1507