Helping Businesses Reduce Hunger and Waste

Food Rescue Networks

Some food rescue agencies are members of food rescue networks.  Participation is not practical for all programs but benefits include quality assurance and sharing resources and knowledge.

Oregon Food Bank

The Oregon Food Bank  (OFB) provides partner agencies access to low- and no-cost food to distribute to clients. They also provide technical assistance and training while ensuring that programs meet food safety standards and provide fair and equitable service to clients.


OFB requires partner agencies to meet the following criteria:


  • Agency must be a designated 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization by the IRS or be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization.
  • Program provides food to those who qualify at no cost.
  • Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected classes.
  • Program would not exchange Oregon Food Bank products for money, products, services or client participation in activities.
  • Food distribution cannot be contingent on attendance at a religious service.
  • Program has an adequate facility for safe handling and distribution of food.
  • Program has a record-keeping system that allows it to fulfill OFB’s reporting requirements.


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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Portland

Participation in Portland's Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) network allows agencies access to food they might not otherwise be able to get. Additionally, SVdP connects agencies to each other and tries to foster a sense of kinship and sharing of resources and ideas. SVdP also acts as a resource for training, documentation, best practices, recall information and general support.


Membership in the SVdP network requires:

  • Food safety training and food handler’s card
  • Safety assessment by SVdP at the initial review and annual inspections
  • Yearly inspections after the initial start-up round for all members
  • Participating organizations maintain a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status
  • Initial inspection by SVdP of membership agency


SVdP members adhere to safety concerns to ensure proper sanitation, recall coordination, non-discrimination training, pest control and proper food-handling training. Handling unpackaged or cooked foods involves additional concerns.


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