Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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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
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.
Contra Costa Food Bank 4010 Nelson Ave. Concord Reuse Free Drop-off
Dublin Senior Center 7600 Amador Valley Blvd Dublin Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked goods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Dublin, Pleasanton
Children's Emergency Food Bank John Knox Presbyterian Church
7421 Amarillo Rd
Dublin Reuse Free Drop-off
Ecumenical Hunger Program 2411 Pulgas Ave East Palo Alto Reuse Free Drop-off Call for pick up. Non-perishable food and frozen meat.,Currently accepting donations of only food, toiletry, household cleaning and gift card and new/packaged items due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable, unopened donations for the Contra Costa Food Bank, within a year of listed date accepted. No glass containers.
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP) 3610 Bancroft Ave Emeryville 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; Hot prepared foods; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in:  Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland; Outside Alameda County
Sustainable America - Food Rescue Locator PO Box 172 Fairfield Reuse Free Drop-off A directory of organizations across the United States that rescue, glean, transport, prepare, and distribute food to the needy in their communities.
Tri-City Volunteers (TCV) Food Bank & Mobile Pantry 37350 Joseph St. Fremont Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh Produce and packed food (must be unopened, undamaged, and unexpired). This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Fremont, Newark, Oakland, Union City
New Life Christian Church 1265 B Street Hayward 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; Hot prepared foods; Bulk foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Castro Valley; Hayward; San Leandro; San Lorenzo 
La Familia Counseling Service (Hayward Family Resource Center) 680 W Tennyson Road
Wing B
Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
Food Distribution Center (Hope for the Heart) 22035 Meekland Ave Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
First Presbyterian Church of Hayward (South Hayward Parish) 27287 Patrick Avenue Hayward 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward
Hope 4 the Heart 22035 Meekland Ave Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration; 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: Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City
Downtown Streets Team 22551 2nd St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked Goods; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Alameda; Fremont; Hayward
United Eden Church of Christ - Food Pantry 21455 Birch St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
South County Homeless Project 258 West A St. Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
Food Donation Connection Harvest Support Center
PO Box 22787
Knoxville Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Manages food donation programs for food service companies including restaurants, airports, college campuses and more.

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