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
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items
Cityteam Ministries (Family Services) 722 Washington Street Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
New Beginning International Ministry 5609 Foothill Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
West Oakland Food Pantry - Prescott-Joseph Center 920 Peralta St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, canned goods, cereal, juice, rice, pasta, snacks
Faces of the East Bay 4130 Telegraph Ave Oakland 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Oakland, San Leandro
Feed My Sheep Food Pantry - Mini-Mart 8829 Plymouth St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church 2201 73rd Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 1255 1st Ave Oakland 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda; Berkeley; Emeryville; Oakland; Piedmont; San Leandro
Food of God 424 Monte Vista Avenue Oakland 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; Other. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Berkeley, Oakland
Telegraph Ministry Center 5316 Telegraph Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food Pantry and Manna from Heaven Breakfasts
Essential Food and Medicine (EFAM) 2311 Magnolia St Oakland 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: Alameda; Albany, Berkeley; Emeryville; Oakland; Piedmont
Bananas 5232 Claremont Ave
Parking lot in rear
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Homies Empowerment 7631 MacArthur Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Albany
Oakland Zoo 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off For Animals. Any produce items, cereal, baguettes, dried fruit, nuts, and pumpkins. NO: onions, limes, lemons or herbs. No rotten or moldy foods.
St Mary's Center: Food for All Ages 925 Brockhurst St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Brighter Beginnings (Oakland Gateway Center) 2648 International Boulevard Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
La Clinica Alta Vista 1515 Fruitvale Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Coupons for and samples of or new formula. Ask about nutritional supplements for pregnancy or new mothers.
Bread & Roses (St. Elizabeth's Parish) 1500 - 34th Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Brighter Beginnings (Oakland Artthaus Center) 2744 E. 11th Street
Suite H01
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Daily Bread Project 6757 Armour Dr. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Small quantities when possible. Pick-up and delivery provided by volunteers.

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