Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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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
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.
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
Women's Daytime Drop-In Center 2218 Acton Street Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off Accepts donations of Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked goods; Milk & dairy; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods. Contact to confirm donation.
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
Family Bridges 168 11th St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food & snacks and water/drinks for the Community Ambassador Program.
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. 
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
Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church 2201 73rd Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Tri-Valley Haven: Haven Food Pantry 150 N L St Livermore 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; Bulk foods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Dublin, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton
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.
Brighter Beginnings (Oakland Gateway Center) 2648 International Boulevard Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non expired baby formula & food and coupons.
Alameda Food Bank (City of Alameda) 650 W Ranger Ave Alameda 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Alameda Donations from individuals must be unopened, unexpired, non-perishable & not in glass containers. Preferred ongoing items include: cereal, pancake mix, coffee, tea, condiments, spices, soup, ramen, crackers & international foods.
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
Berkeley Food Pantry 1600 Sacramento St Berkeley 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Albany, Berkeley, Oakland
Tri-Valley Church of Christ 4481 East Ave Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up

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