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Did you know that reducing food waste is one of the leading solutions to climate change? Go to 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.


Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
EPA Region 9 Pacific Southwest 75 Hawthorne Street San Francisco Reuse Free Mail-in Information List. Bay Area organizations that transport and accept food donations to feed hungry people, animals, and make compost and/or biogas.
Cityteam Ministries (Family Services) 722 Washington Street Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
New Beginning International Ministry 5609 Foothill Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
South County Homeless Project 258 West A St. Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off Pantry items, dry goods, & fresh food
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center 7501 Schmidt Ln. El Cerrito Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable, unopened donations for the Contra Costa Food Bank, within a year of listed date accepted. No glass containers.
Food Donation Connection Harvest Support Center
PO Box 22787
Knoxville Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Manages food donation programs for food service companies including restaurants, airports, college campuses and more.
Faces of the East Bay 4130 Telegraph 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: Oakland, San Leandro
Children's Emergency Food Bank John Knox Presbyterian Church
7421 Amarillo Rd
Dublin Reuse Free Drop-off
Feed My Sheep Food Pantry - Mini-Mart 8829 Plymouth St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Bananas 5232 Claremont Ave
Parking lot in rear
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Ecumenical Hunger Program 2411 Pulgas Ave East Palo Alto Reuse Free Drop-off Call for pick up. Non-perishable food and frozen meat.,Currently accepting donations of only food, toiletry, household cleaning and gift card and new/packaged items due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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