Donate food to SecondBite

SecondBite is more than happy to receive donations of food, provided the products meet our needs and specifications. If you have smaller, ad hoc donations, we recommend contacting a local charity to donate the stock. For larger bulk donations, please read the following, and contact us via the form below.

To support businesses to donate, legislation provides indemnity for companies that donate safe food to charitable organisations such as SecondBite.


At SecondBite, we’re serious about food safety, and so we require the following conditions to be met for us to receive food donations:

  • Care has been taken when handling, storing and packing food

  • High Risk Food is stored in clean, covered food-grade containers

  • High risk foods such as: meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products and small goods, or foods which contain these ingredients, such as sandwiches, quiches and prepared salads, are kept below 5°C or above 60°C and out of the Temperature Danger Zone

  • The food is to be collected by SecondBite in the shortest possible time

  • High-risk food left in the Temperature Danger Zone for more than 4 hours has been discarded

  • Everyone involved in handling donated food has maintained the highest standard of personal hygiene and cleanliness

  • The food container is labelled with the appropriate information required: product name, date prepared, use by date and where possible – ingredients (esp. allergens)

  • The food will still be in an edible state in 48 hours time from collection

  • ‘Use By’ dates must have at least 2 days life remaining

  • ‘Best Before’ dates must have at least 2 days life remaining for refrigerated items

  • ‘Best Before’ dates may be up to 3 months past for dry goods and providing the food is still fit for consumption


  • Food past its ‘Use By’ date

  • Refrigerated food past its ‘Best Before’ date

  • Dry goods that are 3 months past the ‘Best Before’ date

  • Food that is damaged or perished to an extent that affects its reasonable use

  • Leaking or unsealed products

  • Cracked or broken eggs

  • Food with visible mould or contamination

  • Refrigerated items not stored and maintained at less than 5°C

  • Frozen items not stored and maintained at less than minus 15°C

  • Food that has been left in a bain-marie

  • Foods that have been served to the public on a buffet and/or unwrapped and exposed

Name *
What type(s) of food are you looking to donate? *
Would you be able to arrange transport to a SecondBite warehouse? *
Would it be an ongoing donation or a one-off? *