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Did you know that reducing food waste is one of the leading solutions to climate change? Go to StopFoodWaste.org for Food Saving Tips and Tricks.

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
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
Extra Food - Marin County PO Box 150394 San Rafael Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up List Perishable and non-perishable food from your household that neighbors may want and be able to use.
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
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
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.
Family Bridges 168 11th St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food & snacks and water/drinks for the Community Ambassador Program.
Feed My Sheep Food Pantry - Mini-Mart 8829 Plymouth St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items
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
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.
Food Distribution Center (Hope for the Heart) 22035 Meekland Ave Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
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.
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
Food Pantry at the Neighborhood Center (All Saints Episcopal Church) 911 Dowling Blvd San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off
Food Runners 2579 Washington St San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Residential and Commercial. See note.
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
FoodRecovery.org (formerlyMEANS Database)- Matching Excess & Need 4410 Massachusetts Ave Washington Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up, Free Mail-in Informational Directory. Online database. Accepted Food: 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 lists food donors in these areas:  Alameda; Albany; Berkeley; Castro Valley; Dublin; Emeryville; Fremont; Hayward; Livermore; Newark; Oakland; Piedmont; Pleasanton; San Leandro; San Lorenzo; Sunol; Union City; Outside Alameda County.
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.

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