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
Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church 2201 73rd Ave 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.
Brighter Beginnings (Oakland Artthaus Center) 2744 E. 11th Street
Suite H01
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Bread & Roses (St. Elizabeth's Parish) 1500 - 34th Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
BOSS Administrative Office 1918 University Ave
Suite 2A
Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
Bethel Community Presbyterian Church 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off
Berkeley Mutual Aid (Gleaning Project) 1618 Capistrano Ave Berkeley Reuse Free Pick-up Backyard fruit from your Berkeley trees. Volunteers will pick and deliver to Berkeley community group in need.
Berkeley Food Pantry 1600 Sacramento St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/ Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Albany, Berkeley, Oakland
Berkeley Food Network 1925 Ninth St Berkeley 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont
Bananas 5232 Claremont Ave
Parking lot in rear
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Arsola's Distribution Center and Community Services 7801 Edgewater Dr
Suite 3000
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: Alameda, Hayward, Oakland, Union City
Ample Harvest - home gardens to food pantries 24 Clover Rd Newfoundland Reuse Free Drop-off Use online tool to find SF Bay Area local food pantries http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry/
Alameda Food Bank (City of Alameda) 650 W Ranger Ave Alameda Reuse Free Drop-off 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda Donations from individuals must be unopened, unexpired, non-perishable & not in glass containers. Preferred ongoing items include: cereal, pancake mix, coffee, tea, condiments, spices, soup, ramen, crackers & international foods.
Alameda County Community Food Bank 7900 Edgewater Dr 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley,  Dublin,  Emeryville, Fremont,  Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol, Union City
Alameda Backyard Growers 2501 Shoreline Dr Alameda Reuse Free Pick-up Project Pick. Donate the excess fruit on your backyard trees. Volunteers will leave you fruit from their pick. Has gleaning program using trained volunteers to pick backyard fruit in the City of Alameda and donate it to the City of Alameda Food Bank. Volunteer your fruit trees to be picked and/or volunteer to pick fruit.
2 A Good Cause 530 Midcrest Rd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Works with large quantities, businesses and organizations. And, produce in less than perfect condition for zoo animals.

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