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Amazon employees volunteer at a local food bank in the Puget Sound region of Washington state
Amazon employees volunteer at a local food bank in the Puget Sound region of Washington state

Product Donations

When we have surplus inventory in our fulfilment network, Amazon donates the eligible items to charity organisations, giving products a new life, reducing waste and helping to build stronger communities.
Donating Eligible Items
Surplus inventory includes usable items that are overstocked, returned, cosmetically damaged or near expiry. Through software built by our teams, our logistics network automatically identifies inventory that can be donated, instead of sending these items to be recycled or to landfills. We identify partner organisations in our communities, including non profits and charities, and enable them to collect surplus inventory from Amazon facilities and distribute these products to people in need.
Donations by the Numbers
Amazon contributed more than 25 million products to our global charity partners in 2020. Together with Whole Foods Market, we donated an additional 70 million meals and 887,000 litres of hand sanitiser to Feeding America, a US network of food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community-based agencies.
  • 25 million
    Products
    Donated to global charity partners
  • 70 million
    Meals
    Donated to Feeding America
  • 887,000 litres
    Hand Sanitiser
    Donated to Feeding America

Partnering for Distribution

We distribute the majority of our surplus inventory in the US through Good360, which partners with a network of local non-profits to reach people in need. Amazon is one of the biggest suppliers of donations to Good360, helping to provide items to low-income households, foster families, individuals with special needs or disabilities, senior citizens, veterans, immigrants and more.

In Europe, we partner with more than 100 charities and local organisations to distribute product donations. Amazon is a long-term partner of In Kind Direct International, a charity working across the UK, France and Germany to broker product giving among the members of its network. Through this partnership, we donated more than 200,000 products, including toys, shoes, clothing and household items, to 1,800 charities in 2020.

FBA Donations program
Many of our product donations are collected through Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) Donations, a service we launched in 2019 to automate the process for selling partners using FBA to donate their overstocked or returned items. The service requires no additional action from selling partners, allowing Amazon to easily scale product donations through our existing logistics. FBA Donations is currently available in the US, UK, France and Japan, and we are working to expand the programme to more locations in 2021.
“Amazon donations are crucial in our ability to serve and support vulnerable communities in the US The wide variety of high-quality goods that we receive from Amazon allows us to get critically needed items into the hands of millions of people who really need them. These donations have been even more important in the face of the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19.”
Matt Connelly
CEO, Good360
In 2020, Whole Foods Market launched a food redistribution programme called Nourishing Our Neighbourhoods that provided 21 refrigerated vans to community-based food rescue organisations. Each of these vans provides recipient organisations with 9000 kilos of rescued food from Whole Foods Market and surrounding grocers and retailers every week. This effort will provide more than 180 million meals over the next 10 years to families in need across the US and Canada.
Partnerships
  • City Harvest London: Rescuing Food for the Hungry logo
    City Harvest London: Rescuing Food for the Hungry logo
    City Harvest UK
    In the U.K., Amazon partners with City Harvest London to put surplus food to use in a sustainable way. City Harvest collects nutritious surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers and other food business, and distributes it to community programmes that serve meals to vulnerable people. Together, City Harvest and Amazon have distributed more than two million meals to the community.
  • Feeding America logo on a white background.
    Feeding America logo on a white background.
    Feeding America
    Amazon partners with Feeding America to direct our surplus inventory to communities in need. Feeding America works alongside Amazon’s vast network to strategically partner nonprofit members and Amazon facilities to maximize the impact of these donations. Feeding America’s mission is to feed more than 37 million of America’s hungry through a nationwide network of 200 member food banks.
  • Good360: Goods for the Greater Good logo on a white background.
    Good360: Goods for the Greater Good logo on a white background.
    Good 360
    Amazon partners with Good360 to donate items that cannot be sold to those most in need. Good360’s mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity, and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who otherwise would struggle to find that hope. Good360 has 80,000+ nonprofit members (downstream charity partners) to whom they redistribute goods received from 400+ corporate donors.
  • InKind Direct: Product giving for social good logo
    InKind Direct: Product giving for social good logo
    In Kind Direct
    Amazon is a long-term partner of In Kind Direct, a charity working across the UK, France and Germany to broker product giving among the members of its network. Through this partnership, we have donated more than 200,000 products, including toys, shoes, clothing and household items, to 1800 charities.
  • Innatura: vermittelt Sachspenden für soziale Zwecke logo
    Innatura: vermittelt Sachspenden für soziale Zwecke logo
    Innatura
    Amazon is a long-term partner of Innatura, a non-profit which receives products from manufacturers and retailers in Germany and distributes them for social good. Through this partnership, Amazon has donated to more than 1500 charities benefiting nearly 500,000 individuals and families in Germany with donations including toys, shoes, clothing and pharmacy items, among others.
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