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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
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
CareIt - Food Donation & Rescue Software Compost Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Food donation and rescue software that makes it easy for businesses and institutions to donate surplus food and goods directly to local nonprofits in the US and work as a network. Free to offer food and accept food. Fees for corporations to manage multiple sites. Offer/accept edible food, animal food, and for compost. Ability to take a subset of offered food. Partnerships & one-off opportunities. Tracking for 1383/CalRecycle. Volunteer and fleet management tools, including tools to communicate available food runs. Who does this tool serve? Food Donors, Registered 501c3 organizations that need food, including Food Recovery agencies, Corporations, Municipalities.
CareIt - Food Donation & Rescue Software Recycle Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Food donation and rescue software that makes it easy for businesses and institutions to donate surplus food and goods directly to local nonprofits in the US and work as a network. Free to offer food and accept food. Fees for corporations to manage multiple sites. Offer/accept edible food, animal food, and for compost. Ability to take a subset of offered food. Partnerships & one-off opportunities. Tracking for 1383/CalRecycle. Volunteer and fleet management tools, including tools to communicate available food runs. Who does this tool serve? Food Donors, Registered 501c3 organizations that need food, including Food Recovery agencies, Corporations, Municipalities.
Downtown Streets Team 22551 2nd St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked Goods; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Alameda; Fremont; Hayward
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
Common Vision 2620 California 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; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy; Cold prepared foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland
Hively (Pleasanton) 6601 Owens Dr
Suite 100
Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Non-expired food. Baby formula and coupons for formula
Pantry of Hope St Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items
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
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
East Bay Food Justice Project 3124 Shattuck Ave Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up 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: Berkeley, Oakland
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.
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
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP) 3610 Bancroft Ave Emeryville 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; Hot prepared foods; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in:  Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland; Outside Alameda County
Open Heart, Pleasanton 1141 Catalina Drive Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Village Harvest P.O. Box 9231 San Jose Reuse Free Drop-off This organization accepts fruit only. For drop-off locations, visit http://www.villageharvest.org/dropoff.
Contra Costa Fruit Rescue (ForestR) 20298 Marshall St Castro Valley Reuse Free Pick-up Donate your backyard fruit by having volunteers to come pick it (glean). (Contra Costa Program)
Dig Deep Farms (Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Activities League) 2700 Fairmont Dr San Leandro 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from 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

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