Good Food Recovery honors your existing relationships with food recipient organizations and you will continue to donate as before. The advantage of joining Good Food Recovery is that all food donations will be recorded, information aggregated, and you can request customized reports for promotion and tax reporting.
Your donation information will also be aggregated with all the other food donations to show the collective impact that the Tazewell, Woodford and Peoria counties areas making toward feeding more while wasting less.
Review the videos and Food Donor FAQ. Then, sign up!
All requests by DONORS will be reviewed within 48 hours before approval (we are ensuring your business is in good standing with your health department!)
The following videos describe what types of foods may be donated, how food should be packaged and how donated food is handled safely. While we can accept dry goods, Good Food Recovery focuses on prepared foods and fresh fruit / vegetables.
Food Donor FAQ
Your profile will be reviewed and you may be contacted to provide additional information about your business. Once your registration is activated, usually within 48 hours, you will be notified and will be able to post one-time food donations and regular, weekly donations.
You only have to list your regular food runs once and each run will record the amount of food donated. Update your profile only if the food types or food quantity changes.
When a donor schedules a food run, the Web app. automatically matches the donation with a recipient organization based on both profiles. The donor will receive the first of two emails confirming this match.
Next, an email will go out to all volunteer food runners whose profiles match the vicinity of the donor. The first volunteer to claim the run, will get it. Once a volunteer accepts the food run, the donor will receive the second of two emails with details.
Confirmation emails will also go to the recipient and volunteer so that you each have one another’s contact information.
Good Food Recovery worked closely with Woodford, Tazewell and Peoria City / County Health Departments to create Good Food Recovery’s Food Safety Guidelines. In addition,there are a couple short videos about foods that can and cannot be donated, safe food packaging, labeling, and storage requirements.
We also train Good Food Recovery volunteers in safe food handling practices and use a tracking form for TCS foods so that food safety is tracked throughout the donation process. Donors and recipients sign an Electronic signature after each food run to verify that food was handled according to Good Food Recovery Food Safety Guidelines.
Yes, it is 10 meals or 12 lbs. We encourage donors to aggregate and freeze amounts less than that and schedule a donation when they reach this minimum
All donated prepared food should be labeled with (1) the name of the food, (2) indicate any potential allergens (Milk, Eggs, Soy, Wheat, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Fish, Shellfish) (3) date prepared, (4) “use by” dates, (5) storage temperature, (6) Instructions to “Reheat quickly to internal temperature of 165˚F or above”, (7) donor name and contact information. We have provided Food Labels that allows for documentation of this information for you to download and use.
The Donor is the responsible party for labeling the donation. The Food Labels should be cut out and affixed to the container. You can order shipping labels to print the Food Labels on – this makes affixing labels to the containers a bit easier – here is link to Amazon to order (please consider ordering on Amazon Smile & choose The gitm Foundation as the charitable organization to benefit from your order). This link will display labels 4 x 3.33 in size. They are also available at Office Depot and other office supply stores.
Temping donated prepared food – It is the Donor responsibility to temp the donation in front of the food runner. Because your food license requires you to temp your food, the food runner is not required to carry a thermometer to temp the donation, only to witness the temp and record the values on the Food Donation Tracking Form.
The recipient organization will temp the donation in front of the food runner and record the value on the Food Donation Tracking Form. This form will be retained by the recipient organization for a period of 90 days, per Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford County Health Departments.
We want each food run experience to be a good one, so we ask each participant—donors, recipients, and volunteer food runners to rate your experience. Each participant will use their online account to rate their satisfaction and can also offer suggestions for improvement. This feedback will benefit all participants and Good Food Recovery as a system.
Food donors will need to be prepared, if asked, to provide the agency representative that receives the food the following information, either verbally or in writing:
- Source of the food
- How the food was kept free from contamination during storage, preparation and transport
- How, where, and when the food was prepared
- How the food was maintained at the proper temperature
- If/how long the food was out of temperature control
- Common name of a dry food staple
Whole (uncut, unpeeled) fruit and vegetables and Grocery (dry goods, non-perishables) items do not require time/temperature control and thus do not need a food label affixed. Most non-perishables will be donated in their original container.
Food donations are entered by food donors when they schedule a food run. For regular, repeated runs with similar quantities and types of foods, donation information is entered one time and this information is automatically captured after each run.
If food is donated as a one-time run, food donors enter the types and quantities of food. if the actual amount of food is different than was posted, the donor or recipient can update their food run in the Chowmatch Web Application by choosing donor>my food runs> past food runs.
It is essential that all food donors enter this information in the Web app. so that the data can be captured and aggregated accurately. We can run customized reports on the aggregated information upon request.
If a match is not made or it is late at night, donors are advised to chill or freeze and store the donation until the next day, and post it again as a new donation. The donor can also choose to take it to the recipient themselves. Contact Good Food Recovery to let us know that you will deliver.
Good Food Recovery wants each food run experience to be a good one, so we ask each participant—donors, recipients, and volunteer food runners to rate your experience, similar to a Yelp-type rating. Each participant will use their online account to rate their satisfaction and can also offer suggestions for improvement. This feedback will benefit all participants and Good Food Recovery as a system.
The following are downloadable links that reinforce the videos, should you prefer a hard copy.
GFRSafetyGuidelines Prepared_Fresh F_V 3_17 – this is a comprehensive document approved by TCHD, PCCHS and WCHD for your review.
Downloadable documents needed in preparing for donation –
When selecting Food Type you will see 3 options in the amount dropdown label – trays, boxes and meals or pounds (lbs). The software converts your selection (trays, boxes) to pounds (lbs) in order to make matches. Trays are equivalent to 10 lbs and boxes are equivalent to 40lbs. Keep the weight equivalent in mind if you are unsure when choosing between boxes and pounds. This is how the system aggregates all data to report out foods that would otherwise make it to the landfill and provides a consistent mechanism for reporting.
Contact us if you have any questions about the food safety policies of Good Food Recovery
21306 Illinois Route 9
Tremont, IL 61568
309-477-2223 x 288
Eric Lane, B.S., L.E.H.P.
1831 S. Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530
309-467-3064 x 4706
Carey A. Panier, BS, LEHP, REHS/RS
Assistant Director of Environmental Health
2116 N. Sheridan Road
Peoria, Illinois 61604
The gitm Foundation
Good Food Recovery Administrator
4200 E. Washington Street, Suite B
East Peoria, Il 61611