Fruit Growers

Donate
Your Crop

If you are a South County homeowner with fruit trees on your property, you can help relieve hunger by becoming a Fruit Donor! Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires will provide pickers/gleaners to harvest and donate all or any portion of your fruit to those in need.

There are at least three benefits to you:

1. You’ll be helping people in need, and know that you are part of the larger effort to relieve hunger in the Berkshires.
2. You’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation of fruit.
3. You’ll be free of the mess created by fruit lying on the ground, which is a target for rodents and other animals.

Your can have a "Do It Yourself" (DIY) harvest, where you would pick the fruit yourself, or we can arrange for volunteers to come to your property and take care of the picking and distribution of your fruit. Read more about these two options below, and then enter your information to register your trees with Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires.

Option One: DIY Harvests

If you would prefer to harvest the fruit yourself, Backyard Bounty can provide picking equipment (picking poles, and mesh bags), and deliver your harvested produce to local food distribution organizations.

Option Two: Backyard Bounty Harvests

Our volunteers will harvest your fruit during the season (August – October). Submit your request to donate fruit from your trees, and we’ll contact you to make the necessary arrangements. 100% of all fruit gathered is donated to local food distribution organizations.

If you want to help, click on the "Donate Your Crop" button and fill out the form, or get in touch with us directly from the Contact Page.



Protection

We properly train and supervise all volunteers who glean with us. Every volunteer has checked off a liability waiver that protects the crop donor. A copy of this can be seen here.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.

In 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act as Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which modified Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow all companies to earn an enhanced tax deduction for donating selected surplus property, including food.