Homeowners, Farmers, Gardeners, Grow A Row Captains


If you are a Kitsap County Homeowner, Farmer, Gardener, or Grow A Row Captains with fruit trees or produce on your property, you can help relieve hunger. Kitsap Harvest will provide pickers/gleaners to harvest and donate all or any portion of your produce to those in need.

Why Should You Donate?

1. You'll be helping people in need, and you'll be part of the larger effort to relieve hunger in our area.
2. You'll receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation of produce.
3. You'll be free of the mess created by fruit lying on the ground, which can be an attractant for pests.

How Do You Donate?

Register your crop using our online form. We will contact you and arrange for our volunteers will harvest your produce. Depending on how much you need harvested, crews of 1 to 20 will come to your property and carefully harvest your produce. Additionally, Kitsap Harvest will pick up crops which have already been gleaned.

WHEN REQUESTED, WE WILL SET SOME ASIDE FOR YOU. We would rather have you contact us before your fruit or produce is over ripe. This will help us provide the freshest produce possible as we distribute it.

Food donors may be eligible for tax deductions or tax credits and will receive documentation of crop types and amounts to submit with tax returns.

Join Us!

If you wish to donate a crop from your property, click on the "Donate Your Crop" button and fill out the form, or if you have any questions get in touch with us directly from the Contact Page. Be sure to check out the FAQ, as your question may already be answered.

Decided donating isn't for you but still want to contribute? Sign up to be a volunteer!

Interested in the Legalities?

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

Also, in 1996, Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage the 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 visit Feeding America.

Additionally, 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.