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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
Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Canned food, bottled water
Hively (Oakland) 80 Swan Way
Suite 130
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-expired food. Baby formula and coupons for formula
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
Project Open Hand (East Bay) 1921 San Pablo Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen groceries, Meat: Milk & Dairy; Bulk foods This Food Recovery Organization is willing to pick up from food donors depending on the location and day.
Essential Food and Medicine (EFAM) 2311 Magnolia St 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 in: Alameda; Albany, Berkeley; Emeryville; Oakland; Piedmont
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.
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) 1825 San Pablo Ave
#200
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Milk & Dairy; Bulk foods
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
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
Freedge Location Finder Freege Location: Moments Town Fridge
410 13th Street
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Use the global Freege location finder for listings of community/public refrigerators to donate food to (or access as needed) in addition to the one listed.
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
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
Oakland Gleaners Oakland Reuse Free Pick-up Ripe fruit from backyard trees in Oakland. Organization will direct you to where to donate your picked fruit or pick it from your trees, and donate it for you.
New Beginning International Ministry 5609 Foothill Blvd Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Cityteam Ministries (Family Services) 722 Washington Street Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off

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