In March 2020 the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) – Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices (OPSP) will distribute 40 informational postcards to restaurants in the Jackson, Tennessee area. Half (20) of the postcards will be mailed and addressed to the restaurant owner or manager and the other half (20) will be hand delivered by TDEC OPSP staff. The postcards contain information relating to food waste awareness, donor liability protections around donating food, and direct restaurants receiving cards to the Get Food Smart TN website.

Within 2 weeks of locations receiving the informational postcards, OPSP staff will follow up directly with restaurants to conduct a limited survey to better understand whether the restaurant actually received the postcard, whether the information was relevant, and what additional resources might be helpful for restaurants in addressing food waste. Survey information will not be shared by restaurant but will be used to inform future efforts and resource development by OPSP.

For restaurants receiving postcards and interested in learning more about food donation, OPSP has provided a map below of places that accept food donations. Additional information on liability protections (Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act) and tax exemptions for food donation is provided below. For restaurants interested in donating food, it is important to follow all local, state and federal food safety laws and guidance when donating food. The donation of prepared foods requires adherence to specific time and temperature standards for ensuring food safety. For questions or concerns relating to food donation or food safety issues, please contact an Environmental Health Specialist with the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department at 731-423-3020.

If you have additional operations or organizations that should be represented on this map please contact Matthew Taylor.