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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
Mercy Brown Bag Program 1301 Marina Village Parkway
Suite 210
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
McGee Center for Food Faith And Justice 1640 Stuart St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off 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: Berkeley; Albany; Oakland
Mary Barber Ministries 2701 EC Reems Ct
2B
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: Oakland
LiquiDonate 149 New Montgomery St
Floor 4
San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Mail-in for a Fee Non-perishable only. Commercial quantity. LiquiDonate matches and moves reclaimable items (ex. returns, liquidation, branded items, inventory, apparel, office/warehouse supplies, nonperishable food) from businesses to nonprofits, including arranging pickup or delivery. Free delivery for non-profits, business pays for delivery.
League of Voters 8440 Central Ave
Suite 2B
Newark Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Meat; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Union City, Sunol
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
La Familia Counseling Service (Hayward Family Resource Center) 680 W Tennyson Road
Wing B
Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
HOPE Collaborative 2000 Franklin St
3rd floor
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off 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: Oakland
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
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
Hively (Pleasanton) 6601 Owens Dr
Suite 100
Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Non-expired food. Baby formula and coupons for formula
Hively (Oakland) 80 Swan Way
Suite 130
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-expired food. Baby formula and coupons for formula
Goodness Village 1660 Freisman Rd Livermore 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; Meat; Milk & dairy; Hot prepared foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Livermore, Pleasanton
Freedge Location Finder Freege Location: Moments Town Fridge
410 13th Street
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Use the global Freege location finder for listings of community/public refrigerators to donate food to (or access as needed) in addition to the one listed.
FreeCycle The Freecycle Network
PO Box 294
Tuscon Reuse Free Pick-up Moving? Going out of town? Not to your taste? Offer fresh and pantry items to neighbors.
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.
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.
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

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