Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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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
Oakland Gleaners Oakland Reuse Free Pick-up Ripe fruit from backyard trees in Oakland. Organization will direct you to where to donate your picked fruit or pick it from your trees, and donate it for you.
Oakland Leaf Foundation (UPA FRC) 3031 E. 18th St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off 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: Oakland
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.
OLIO app - The Food Sharing Revolution West Hollywood Reuse Free Pick-up Volunteer to pick up perishable food locally to use or redistribute
Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Canned food, bottled water
Open Heart Kitchen 1141 Catalina Way Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Open Heart, Pleasanton 1141 Catalina Drive Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Pantry of Hope St Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Peninsula Food Runners PO Box 460612 San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Picks up excess food for free from restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels. If you have excess food from home or a small private event, you can deliver to one of their local shelters.
Project Open Hand (East Bay) 1921 San Pablo Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen groceries, Meat: Milk & Dairy; Bulk foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to pick up from food donors depending on the location and day.
Replate PO Box 11338 Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Pick-up for a Fee 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, Oakland, Contra Costa County, Outside Alameda County
Salvation Army (Tri-Cities Corps Community Center) 36700 Newark Blvd Newark Reuse Free Drop-off
San Leandro Community Food Pantry 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro 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; This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: San Leandro, San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo Family Help Center 100 Hacienda San Lorenzo 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Dublin, San Lorenzo
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley 750 Curtner Ave San Jose Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Non-perishable foods, Grocery Rescue and Large-Scale Food Donations from Businesses
South County Homeless Project 258 West A St. Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
St Mary's Center: Food for All Ages 925 Brockhurst St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
St Michael Catholic Church Community Care Program 458 Maple Street Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Baked goods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Livermore
St. Anthony's Foundation (150 Golden Gate) 150 Golden Gate Ave San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off If you have large deliveries of bulk food items call ahead!
St. Vincent de Paul Food Reclamation Program (Oakland) 675 - 23rd St. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off

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