Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Food for Donation

Did you know that reducing food waste is one of the leading solutions to climate change? Go to 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.


Additional Online Resources for Food for Donation

  • Food donation and rescue software that makes it easy for businesses and institutions to donate surplus food and goods directly to local nonprofits in the US and work as a network. Free to offer food and accept food. Fees for corporations to manage multiple sites. Offer/accept edible food, animal food, and for compost. Ability to take a subset of offered food. Partnerships & one-off opportunities. Tracking for 1383/CalRecycle. Volunteer and fleet management tools, including tools to communicate available food runs. Who does this tool serve? Food Donors, Registered 501c3 organizations that need food, including Food Recovery agencies, Corporations, Municipalities.
  • Volunteer to pick up perishable food locally to use or redistribute
  • A directory of organizations across the United States that rescue, glean, transport, prepare, and distribute food to the needy in their communities.
  • App enabling consumers to buy restaurant food not sold at end of day at an 80% discount.

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