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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
Oakland Zoo 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off For Animals. Any produce items, cereal, baguettes, dried fruit, nuts, and pumpkins. NO: onions, limes, lemons or herbs. No rotten or moldy foods.
St Mary's Center: Food for All Ages 925 Brockhurst St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
Peninsula Food Runners PO Box 460612 San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Picks up excess food for free from restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels. If you have excess food from home or a small private event, you can deliver to one of their local shelters.
Daily Bowl 525 H St Union City 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: Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton, Union City, Outside Alameda County
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP) 3610 Bancroft Ave Emeryville 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. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in:  Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland; Outside Alameda County
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items
Tiny Farms 1933 Davis St San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off For Animals -stale bread and sturdy vegetables (e.g. root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes etc. that may be softening or sprouting but are not yet rotting)
Bread & Roses (St. Elizabeth's Parish) 1500 - 34th Ave 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).
Dublin Senior Center 7600 Amador Valley Blvd Dublin Reuse Free Drop-off Types of Food Accepted: Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Baked goods. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Dublin, Pleasanton
Bethel Community Presbyterian Church 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off
Open Heart, Pleasanton 1141 Catalina Drive Mailbox 137
(see notes for drop-off location)
Livermore Reuse Free Drop-off
Oakland Elizabeth House 6423 Colby St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Non-perishable food items (sealed/current expiration dates): Chicken/Beef Broth, Olive Oil, Canola or Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Flour, Rice, Soy Milk, etc.
Ecumenical Food Pantry (San Lorenzo Family Help Center) 100 Hacienda Ave San Lorenzo 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
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
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
Village Harvest P.O. Box 9231 San Jose Reuse Free Drop-off This organization accepts fruit only. For drop-off locations, visit http://www.villageharvest.org/dropoff.

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