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
Copia 595 Pacific Ave
Floor 4
San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Pick-up for a Fee Nonprofits (no fee); Businesses (fee for service) 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, Castro Valley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol, Union City; Contra Costa County, Outside Alameda County
LiquiDonate 149 New Montgomery St
Floor 4
San Francisco Reuse Free Drop-off, Mail-in for a Fee Non-perishable only. Commercial quantity. LiquiDonate matches and moves reclaimable items (ex. returns, liquidation, branded items, inventory, apparel, office/warehouse supplies, nonperishable food) from businesses to nonprofits, including arranging pickup or delivery. Free delivery for non-profits, business pays for delivery.
Chow Match App PO Box 460612 San Francisco Reuse Free Mail-in 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. Operating in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
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.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley 750 Curtner Ave San Jose Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Non-perishable foods, Grocery Rescue and Large-Scale Food Donations from Businesses
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.
Food Pantry at the Neighborhood Center (All Saints Episcopal Church) 911 Dowling Blvd San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off
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)
San Leandro Community Food Pantry 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy; This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: San Leandro, San Lorenzo
Bethel Community Presbyterian Church 14235 Bancroft Ave San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off
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
Ecumenical Food Pantry (San Lorenzo Family Help Center) 100 Hacienda Ave San Lorenzo Reuse Free Drop-off
San Lorenzo Family Help Center 100 Hacienda San Lorenzo Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up Types of Food Accepted: Fresh produce; Shelf-stable/Non-perishable foods; Fresh/Frozen grocery requiring refrigeration; Baked goods; Meat; Milk & dairy. This Food Recovery Organization is willing to collect from food donors in: Dublin, San Lorenzo
Extra Food - Marin County PO Box 150394 San Rafael Reuse Free Drop-off, Free Pick-up
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.
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
FoodRecovery.org (formerlyMEANS Database)- Matching Excess & Need 4410 Massachusetts Ave Washington 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.
OLIO app - The Food Sharing Revolution West Hollywood Reuse Free Pick-up Volunteer to pick up perishable food locally to use or redistribute

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