Do Research

See if your school has an existing chapter or an existing method of recovering surplus food. Research the issue of food waste, such as how it impacts the enviroment, who it affects the most, and ways to minimize food waste on campus. 

Start Planning

Contact your nutritional services and school administration to create a plan to start a PPP chapter in your school. Find a local food bank or nonprofit to deliver to. If you are unaware of any in your area, Feeding America has a database of food banks. 

Inspire Volunteers

Recruit people in your school who are also interested in participating and helping your community. Provide training to voluteers on food recovery. 

Start Giving

Setup boxes or create a method to recover food and a method to deliver this food to a nonprofit or food bank.

Get Verified

Log two successful recoveries and email us at with photos of your recoveries, the weight of all food recovered, and your chapter's official meeting place. 

After verification

Congratulations on creating a successful People Plates Planet chapter!

You are verified! Now, anyone visiting our website can locate you. After this, you may make plans to expand or recruit new members, and truly make your community a better place!

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act allows People Plates Planet volunteers to recover surplus food across the country. Signed into law by President Clinton on October 1, 1996, the law protects businesses from civil and criminal liability when donating unserved, surplus food or grocery products to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good faith.