La. R.S. 9:2799
Liability: Donation of Food
An individual or organization, that donates food or a food bank that distributes the food at no charge, will not be held legally responsible for the condition of the food. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.
Limitation of liability for damages from donated food
A. (1) No person shall have a cause of action against a food bank and its designated distributor or against any individual, farmer, food service establishment, school, church, civic organization, manufacturer, processor, packer, restaurant, wholesaler, or retailer of food, or vitamins, who donates to food banks perishable, salvageable, or prepared food for gleaning or for free distribution by food banks, for damages caused by the condition of the food or vitamins, unless the damages result from the intentional act or omission or the gross negligence of the food bank, its designated distributor, or donor. (2) No person shall have a cause of action against a food bank or its designated distributors, or against the donor of wild game, for any damages arising from or caused by the wild game, including the condition of the wild game, which is distributed directly or for redistribution by a food bank or its designated distributors, to persons who are needy, ill, or have a disability, infants or seniors, or to individuals or families who need emergency food assistance, unless the damages resulted from an intentional act or omission of the food bank, its designated distributor, or donor. For purposes of this Paragraph, “wild game” means all game fish, migratory and resident game birds, and game quadrupeds, as defined in R.S. 56:8. B. For purposes of this Section, words or phrases used in this Section shall have the following meanings: (1) “Food bank” means a nonprofit entity which operates as a clearinghouse for the purpose of gathering primarily from the food industry those products which, though edible, nutritious, or saleable, are not marketable for various reasons, and distributing those edible products to designated distributors with on-premises feeding programs that serve persons who are needy, ill, or have a disability, and infants, and to individuals or families who need emergency food assistance rendered in the form of emergency food boxes, provided the entity is inspected and issued permits under the terms of R.S. 40:3 and 5 by the Department of Health and Hospitals. (2) “Vitamin” means an essential low molecular weight organic compound required in trace amounts for normal growth and metabolic processes which usually serve as components of coenzyme systems. Vitamin shall not include any drug which can be obtained only through a prescription ordered by a medical professional or drug classified as a controlled dangerous substance pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 40:961 et seq.