How You Can Help

Tired of throwing away leftover food after meetings?

SPOON can help! Although most of SPOON's food comes from University Dining Services and Row Houses, food from special events and meetings can also be salvaged. While we have collected some food spontaneously from events in the past, we are seeking to devise a more systematic approach to collecting food from such events and meetings.

One of our goals is to develop a better awareness of local events that may have leftover food. To put your event on our radar, all you need to do is contact a SPOON coordinator before the event is to take place. We will schedule a volunteer to arrive at the close of the event with the appropriate bags and materials for food pickup. If you would like to, you may also package and store the food at our Haas Center freezer yourself.

To bag and store food personally, all you need to do is place the unserved food (food that no one has taken on an individual plate) in aluminum SPOON trays located in the brown shed at the back of the Haas Center. Food should be transferred with sterile utensils and should be refrigerated or frozen within two hours of preparation and service. The tray should be covered (covers also located within the Haas SPOON shed), weighed, and logged into the red log book. It should also be labeled with a paper tag, on which should be written the date and a brief description of the food item.

Donating to SPOON is easy, personally rewarding, and poses no legal risk to you, your organization, or SPOON. Although the greatest care should be taken to ensure that donated food is clean and healthful, The Bill Emerson Food Donation Act, passed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, prevents you from being held responsible in the case that someone becomes sick as a result of eating your food.

For more information about donating to SPOON, please contact the Coordinators.

You may also directly call the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto at (650) 299 - 8700 for details on how to transport food to the site.

Thank you for donating!