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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
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.
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.
Tiny Farms 1933 Davis St San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off For Animals -stale bread and sturdy vegetables (e.g. root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes etc. that may be softening or sprouting but are not yet rotting)
Bread & Roses (St. Elizabeth's Parish) 1500 - 34th Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
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
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
Open Heart, Pleasanton 1141 Catalina Drive Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Village of Love 490 43rd St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
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.
Ecumenical Food Pantry (San Lorenzo Family Help Center) 100 Hacienda Ave San Lorenzo Reuse Free Drop-off
Bethel Community Presbyterian Church 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro 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
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.
Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Canned food, bottled water
CareIt - Food Donation & Rescue Software Reuse 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.
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
Salvation Army (Tri-Cities Corps Community Center) 36700 Newark Blvd Newark Reuse Free Drop-off
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.
West Oakland Food Pantry - Prescott-Joseph Center 920 Peralta St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, canned goods, cereal, juice, rice, pasta, snacks

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