FAQ - Gift a Plate
Gift a Plate Fund
Donations will go toward food for shelters in the city you select.
Gift a Plate Fund
Donations will go toward food for shelters in the city you select.

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Frequently asked questions

Donors

Can I earmark my donations to a specific food bank or restaurant?

Yes, you can select the restaurant from the folks who have signed up, and your donated meals with go to the nearest shelter without our network.

Are there other ways to give?

Not at this time, but we hope to have other donation options in the future.

Will I get a receipt?

Yes. A donation receipt will be sent to the email address you provide on the donation page form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes.

Is my donation secure?

Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.

How do you select which restaurants and nonprofit organizations to partner with?

Participation in our COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund is reserved for restaurants that still have the ability to fulfill a large number of orders and deliver them to designated local charitable organizations.

Organizations that receive food donations will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Having a mission for charitable purposes
  • Being able to receive and distribute large food orders to those in need
  • Specifically those organizations who serve homeless, children, impoverished, or jobless individuals or families.

Is this donation tax deductible?

Yes! We have partnered with Access Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of US law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. The EIN for the organization is 84-5185051.

Where are you located?

We are currently in three cities across the nation, with hopes to expand into more in the future.

• San Francisco, California

• Los Angeles, California

• New York, NY

What are the fees associated with my donation?

For the $100,000 of donations Gift a Plate will cover the credit card processing fee, so 100% of the donation goes to the cause. After that our payment processor Stripe, for each credit card transaction - - charges the following fees: 2.2% + $0.30 transaction fee for Visa, Mastercard, and Discover; An additional 1% fee is added for American Express; An additional 1% fee is added for international payments.

Where is my money going?

100% of your donation goes to restaurants that make the meals to feed families and individuals in need.

Restaurants

How many meals will I be providing?

Once we’ve matched you with a nonprofit, we will figure out how many meals they need. We are hoping to provide 500 meals a day to each of the local food banks.

What should we include in the meal?

Our goal is to provide nutritious, balanced meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend that meals provide a balanced source of nutrition, with protein and vegetables.

Do I need to prepare and package meals in a specific way?

Yes. There are certain safety guidelines around packaging and preparing food, and these stipulations may vary depending on your location. Please reference local guidelines and CDC recommendations when preparing and packaging food.

We request that you individually package all meals rather than catering-style packaging. This helps ensure meals can be distributed individually while reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

Guidelines for local health departments can be found here.

How do you select which restaurants to partner with?

Participation in our COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund is reserved for restaurants that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, but still have the ability to fulfill a large number of orders and deliver them to designated local charitable organizations. If your restaurant has the means to do this, please reach out to us at help@giftaplate.com.​

How will I be matched with a food bank or shelter?

Using our list of partners, we will select nonprofits for restaurants to work with based on proximity. If you have a suggestion for a nonprofit we’re not partnered with yet, please let us know at help@giftaplate.com Subject: "Gift a Plate Covid Relief Fund" so we can reach out.

Where are you located?

We are currently in three cities across the nation, with hopes to expand into more in the future.

• San Francisco, California

• Los Angeles, California

• New York, NY

Nonprofits, Shelters, and Food Banks

Who is paying for the meals?

Your local community! Gift a Plate helps find donors and raise money to cover the cost of the meals.

How many meals will we receive?

Depending on your organization’s need, we aim to provide 500 meals a day. Donations are made in $12 increments, each of which provide one meal.

Which Shelter is my donation going to?

We are always adding to our network shelters that are in the most need in each city we are active in. The current shelter organizations we are supporting are:

• United Council of Human Services - San Francisco

• Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter - New York City

• Chrysalis - Los Angeles

Where are you located?

We are currently in three cities across the nation, with hopes to expand into more in the future.

• San Francisco, California

• Los Angeles, California

• New York, NY

​How do you select which nonprofit organizations to partner with?

Organizations that receive food donations will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Having a mission for charitable purposes
  • Being able to receive and distribute large food orders to those in need
  • Specifically those organizations who serve homeless, children, impoverished, or jobless individuals or families.

If you have a suggestion for a nonprofit we’re not partnered with yet, please let us know at help@giftaplate.com Subject: Gift a Plate Covid Relief fund so we can reach out.