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As of January 1, 2022, a new California law states businesses who currently throw away edible food must now recover and donate it. Click here for rules, resources, and lists in Alameda County, and here for Contra Costa County.

Find food distribution sites: Alameda County Community Food Bank Locator, Contra Costa & Solano County Locator, Palo Alto Locator

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Alameda Food Bank (City of Alameda) 650 W Ranger Ave Alameda Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/ Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy; Cold prepared foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda Donations from individuals must be unopened, unexpired, non-perishable & not in glass containers. Preferred ongoing items include: cereal, pancake mix, coffee, tea, condiments, spices, soup, ramen, crackers & international foods.
Alameda Backyard Growers 2501 Shoreline Dr Alameda Reuse Free Pick-up Project Pick. Donate the excess fruit on your backyard trees. Volunteers will leave you fruit from their pick. Has gleaning program using trained volunteers to pick backyard fruit in the City of Alameda and donate it to the City of Alameda Food Bank. Volunteer your fruit trees to be picked and/or volunteer to pick fruit.
Food Shift 677 W Ranger Ave Alameda Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Oakland; Outside Alameda County
Berkeley Food Pantry 1600 Sacramento St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/ Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Albany, Berkeley, Oakland
Berkeley Food Network 1925 Ninth St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/ Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Meat; Milk & dairy; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont
Berkeley Mutual Aid (Gleaning Project) 1618 Capistrano Ave Berkeley Reuse Free Pick-up Backyard fruit from your Berkeley trees. Volunteers will pick and deliver to Berkeley community group in need.
Common Vision 2620 California St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/ Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy; Cold prepared foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland
East Bay Food Justice Project 3124 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked goods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Berkeley, Oakland
Women's Daytime Drop-In Center 2218 Acton Street Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Accepts donations of Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked goods; Milk & dairy; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods. Contact to confirm donation.
Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) 1931 Center St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
Ursula Sherman Village 711 Harrison St. Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food. Formula and coupons.
BOSS Administrative Office 1918 University Ave
Suite 2A
Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
McGee Center for Food Faith And Justice 1640 Stuart St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked Goods; Meat; Milk & Dairy; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Berkeley; Albany; Oakland
Food Cowboy app 4938 Hampden Lane Bethesda Reuse Free Drop-off Food Cowboy uses mobile technology to safely route surplus food from wholesalers and restaurants instead of landfills.
Falling Fruit App PO Box 284 Boulder Reuse Free Pick-up Falling Fruit is an interactive map folks can add to and then glean of the overlooked culinary bounty of the city streets.
Food for All app 618 Cambridge St. Cambridge Reuse Pick-up for a Fee App enabling consumers to buy restaurant food not sold at end of day at an 80% discount.
Emergency Shelter Program (Ruby's Place) 20880 Baker Rd Castro Valley Reuse Free Drop-off Canned goods and non-perishable food of any sort (peanut butter, tuna, cereal, fruits and vegetables, mac & cheese) and goldfish crackers, canned fruit and fruit cup snacks.
ForestR 20298 Marshall St Castro Valley Reuse Free Pick-up Donate your backyard fruit and produce by having volunteers to come pick it (glean), leave you some, and donate it to Community Cupboard in CV and The Dig Deep Farm's Food Hub (The Farmacy) in San Leandro.
Contra Costa Fruit Rescue (ForestR) 20298 Marshall St Castro Valley Reuse Free Pick-up Donate your backyard fruit by having volunteers to come pick it (glean). (Contra Costa Program)
Meal Connect (Feeding America) 35 E Upper Wacker Dr
#2000
Chicago Reuse Free Drop-off Feeding America's MealConnect links your food donations with local nonprofits.

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