Food Recovery 

A new California State law, SB 1383, aims to keep food and other compostable materials ("organics") out of landfills to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Under the law:

  • Edible food currently composted or landfilled must be recovered and donated for people to eat,
  • The remaining organics must be collected for composting

Food recovery & donation information: additional rules for large food-generating businesses, institutions, and public schools

By the dates listed below, these entities must: 

  • Recover the maximum amount possible of surplus edible food generated
  • Partner with one or more food recovery organizations or services to pick up or receive your surplus edible food
  • Have a written contract or agreement with the food recovery organization(s) or service(s) 
  • Track and maintain records of food recovered each month including type, frequency of collection and amounts in pounds
A volunteer carries a box of bananas at the food bank

Type of Entity 
Deadline for Compliance

Large supermarkets, grocery stores, food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors (Tier 1)

January 1, 2022

Large health facilities, hotels, venues, event spaces, restaurants, state agency facilities, & schools with an on-site food facility (Tier 2)

January 1, 2024

Food Recovery Organizations & Services Directory for Contra Costa County

Service Area
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

4010 Nelson AvenueConcordContra Costa County

Donate Now!
Phone: 925 676-7543
Acceptable donations: bread/bakery, deli, dairy , meat produce, dry good (canned, packed shelf stable)
Muffin People1001 Camino PabloMoragaLafayette, Orinda and MoragaContact: Jack Dice
Phone: 925 376-7189

Preference for produce, proteins, dairy items and eggs, but will accept all food types and baked goods. Also accepts flowers, toys and anything else that's new and usable. Delivers to working kitchens; will accept large quantities of sugar, flour, etc.

White Pony Express3380 Vincent Road #107Pleasant HillContra Costa CountyPhone: 925 322-0604 ext. 129

Preference for produce, dairy items, eggs, and proteins. Prefer not to receive any additional breads, baked goods, and deserts. 

Bay Area Rescue Mission123 Macdonald AvenueRichmondSF Bay AreaPhone: 510 215-4869
Accepts cooking oils, ground beef, eggs, fresh fruits/vegetables, canned vegetables (corn, peas), condiments, spices, and healthy grains/beans

SF Bay Area

Contra Costa County and regional Bay Area Food recovery and data tracking services for a fee


SF Bay Area

Contra Costa County and regional Bay Area Food recovery and data tracking services for a fee

Food Distribution Maps

The County’s Health Services Department has developed a food distribution map identifying grocery and meal sites for students, seniors, and low-income individuals in need of food. 

The Food Bank of Contra Costa County & Solano has also developed a hunger relief map that includes a list of their partner agencies that offer free food services.