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What Your Donation Buys


Feeding America works with manufacturers and retailers to donate food that would otherwise go to waste. Our partners donate truckloads of food they are unable to sell. That rescued food then travels to food banks throughout the country. Your donations help Feeding America provide that food to people who need it. In 2021, our partners donated more than 2.9 billion to Feeding America.




what your donation buys



But do most Americans really know what they're doing when they donate clothing? For instance, do you think you are giving your beloved but worn jeans to someone with no money to buy their own? Perhaps some poor person in your hometown, or even far away in Africa?


According to various estimates, here's what happens to your clothing giveaways. In most cases, a small amount of the items, the best quality castoffs -- less than 10 percent of donations -- are kept by the charitable institutions and sold in their thrift shops to other Americans looking for a bargain. These buyers could be people who are hard up, or they could be folks who like the idea of a good deal on a stylish old item that no longer can be found in regular stores.


The remaining 90 percent or more of what you give away is sold by the charitable institution to textile recycling firms. Bernard Brill, of the Secondary Recycled Textiles Association, told ABC News: \"Our industry buys from charitable institutions, hundred of millions of dollars worth of clothing every year.\"


The bales are loaded into huge containers and sold to international shippers who put them on ships bound for Africa and other developing regions. Again, the price of your old jeans has increased a bit because the shipper had to buy them.


So now you know that about 70 percent of your old donated jeans are being used as cloths to wipe oil off of engine parts and the remaining 20 to 25 percent of pants that left your closet with no value are ultimately sold in Africa, where American clothes are extremely popular, for an average price of about $7 per pair. That's a bargain for African shoppers -- most of them are low-income earners who cannot afford to buy newly made U.S. clothes.


The other view is that the donated clothing market is actually the American way, that your old clothing is used at every step to create new wealth and to help people who are less fortunate. First of all, charities like Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army make clear on their Web sites that proceeds for charity and thrift shops, as well as from bulk sales to recyclers, go directly to support education, work and drug rehab programs for people who would otherwise suffer greatly. After all, isn't that the spirit in which you gave your clothes to begin with?


Historic Royal Palaces is the self-funding charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace. We ask for an optional 10% donation towards our charitable work when you buy your ticket. You can make your donation go further by ticking the Gift Aid box when completing your purchase. Historic Royal Palaces will be able to claim an extra 25% of the value of your ticket at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting us.


If you are not able to download your e-tickets using the link in your confirmation email, please show your reference number which begins 42xxxxxxxxx to the ticket desk when you arrive and staff on site will be able to print your tickets for you.


Complimentary adult carer tickets can be obtained on the day of your visit upon presentation of proof of registered disability (such as an Access Card, Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, DLA letter or PIP letter).


Only one carer ticket can be added per booking but each disabled visitor can bring one person with them free of charge as a carer/companion. If your party requires more than one carer ticket, please book your paid tickets online and email[email protected]with your booking reference number and all proof of need. We will be happy to reserve the additional carer tickets for your party at no extra cost.


Personal information collected by the Mauri Ora Kākāpō Trust via the donations process will be shared with DOC. This is to allow the Mauri Ora Kākāpō Trust and DOC to work together to manage the relationship with donors.


Mauri Ora Kākāpō Trust and DOC will only use your personal information for the purpose it was collected. Both Mauri Ora Kākāpō Trust and DOC will keep your information secure and will not disclose it to any third parties.


Check with your state or local health department if you have concerns about a store that stocks surplus or salvaged foods. These health departments may be able to tell you if a store has been found to violate safe food-handling and storage practices. Some state and local health departments post food-store inspection reports on their websites.


Handling your food safely after you buy it is just as important as buying food that has been handled safely by the store. For more tips about how you can handle food safely, visit FDA's Food Safety Facts for Consumers.


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