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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
Hively (Pleasanton) 6601 Owens Dr
Suite 100
Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off Non-expired food. Baby formula and coupons for formula
White Pony Express 3380 Vincent Road
#107
Pleasant Hill Reuse Free Drop-off Preference for produce, dairy items, eggs, and proteins. Prefer not to receive any additional breads, baked goods, and deserts. Food Recovery Organization in Contra Costa County
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.
FoodRecovery.org (formerlyMEANS Database)- Matching Excess & Need Oakland 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
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
HOPE Collaborative 2000 Franklin St
3rd floor
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; Hot prepared foods; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Oakland
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
Community Food Giveaway (Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church) 1203 Willow St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
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
Family Bridges 168 11th St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food & snacks and water/drinks for the Community Ambassador Program.
Third Eye Soul Kitchen 3047 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland 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
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
New Beginning International Ministry 5609 Foothill Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
CareIt - Food Donation & Rescue Matching Service 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. (Also, food for animals/animal feed. 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' Fee to upgrade to corporate account (for multiple pick-up site locations).
Cityteam Ministries (Family Services) 722 Washington Street Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 1255 1st 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: Alameda; Berkeley; Emeryville; Oakland; Piedmont; San Leandro
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

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