Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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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
Family Bridges 168 11th St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food & snacks and water/drinks for the Community Ambassador Program.
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.
United Eden Church of Christ - Food Pantry 21455 Birch St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off
Ursula Sherman Village 711 Harrison St. Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food. Formula and coupons.
Contra Costa County Homeless Program 1350 Arnold Dr
202
Martinez Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable foods with pop tops.
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
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
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up List Perishable and non-perishable food from your household that neighbors may want and be able to use.
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
BOSS Administrative Office 1918 University Ave
Suite 2A
Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
Contra Costa Food Bank 4010 Nelson Ave. Concord Reuse Free Drop-off
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
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
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.

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