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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
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
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
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
Salvation Army (Tri-Cities Corps Community Center) 36700 Newark Blvd Newark Reuse Free Drop-off
Replate 490 43rd Street 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
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.
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.
Pantry of Hope St Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Open Heart, Pleasanton 1141 Catalina Drive Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Open Heart Kitchen 1141 Catalina Way Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Canned food, bottled water
OLIO app - The Food Sharing Revolution West Hollywood Reuse Free Pick-up Volunteer to pick up perishable food locally to use or redistribute
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.
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 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 Elizabeth House 6423 Colby St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items (sealed/current expiration dates): Chicken/Beef Broth, Olive Oil, Canola or Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Flour, Rice, Soy Milk, etc.
Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice (Self Help Hunger Program) 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked Goods; Meat; Milk & Dairy; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland
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 
New Beginning International Ministry 5609 Foothill Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) 1931 Center St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food

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