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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
Brighter Beginnings (Oakland Artthaus Center) 2744 E. 11th Street
Suite H01
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.
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
Food of God 424 Monte Vista Avenue 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; Other. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Berkeley, Oakland
Telegraph Ministry Center 5316 Telegraph Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Food Pantry and Manna from Heaven Breakfasts
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. www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/links-and-resources-about-food-recovery-san-francisco-bay-area
Berkeley Mutual Aid (Gleaning Project) 1618 Capistrano Ave Berkeley Reuse Free Pick-up Backyard fruit from your Berkeley trees. Volunteers will pick and deliver to Berkeley community group in need.
Cityteam Ministries (Family Services) 722 Washington Street Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
OLIO app - The Food Sharing Revolution West Hollywood Reuse Free Pick-up Volunteer to pick up perishable food locally to use or redistribute
Daily Bread Project 6757 Armour Dr. Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Small quantities when possible. Pick-up and delivery provided by volunteers.
Goodness Village 1660 Freisman Rd Livermore 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; Hot prepared foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Livermore, Pleasanton
Food Runners 2579 Washington St San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Residential and Commercial. See note.
McGee Center for Food Faith And Justice 1640 Stuart St Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off 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 these areas: Berkeley; Albany; Oakland
Downtown Streets Team 22551 2nd St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration or freezing; Baked Goods; Cold prepared foods; Hot prepared foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in these areas: Alameda; Fremont; Hayward
Children's Emergency Food Bank John Knox Presbyterian Church
7421 Amarillo Rd
Dublin Reuse Free Drop-off
Sustainable America - Food Rescue Locator PO Box 172 Fairfield Reuse Free Drop-off A directory of organizations across the United States that rescue, glean, transport, prepare, and distribute food to the needy in their communities.
Feed My Sheep Food Pantry - Mini-Mart 8829 Plymouth St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Emergency Shelter Program (Ruby's Place) 20880 Baker Rd Castro Valley Reuse Free Drop-off Canned goods and non-perishable food of any sort (peanut butter, tuna, cereal, fruits and vegetables, mac & cheese) and goldfish crackers, canned fruit and fruit cup snacks.
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.

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