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Food Waste Reduction Grants

Grant Application Deadline: March 17, 2020

These grants fund innovative projects that incorporate food waste prevention and the recovery and redistribution of food for food donation. The goal is to prevent edible surplus food from being generated or going to compost or landfill and instead ensure its highest and best use—to feed people. IN addition to addressing the issue of food insecurity, grant-funded projects conserve natural resources and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by preventing food from going to waste and keeping food out of landfill. Also eligible for funding are projects that eliminate the wasting of edible food through product or process redesign. View all previously funded Food Waste Prevention Grant projects.

Who can apply

This grant is available to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Projects must be located in Alameda County and/or prevent or recover surplus edible food generated in Alameda County.

Eligible projects

Projects must support the prevention or recovery and redistribution of surplus edible food for human consumption. Projects that compost or recycle food are not eligible for funding.

Funding amounts

Up to $20,000 per grant request.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application (Word format).
  2. Complete all required supplemental application documents as listed and linked in the application form. These include:
    1. Project Budget
    2. Financial statement
    3. Proof of insurance
    4. 501C or business license
    5. Letter(s) of support or MOU (for projects with multiple partners)
    6. ServSafe Certification for staff and/or volunteers preparing, handling or transporting food for donation.
  3. Compile your completed application and all supplemental application documents into one PDF file, up to 20MB in size. The submission of separate files is not allowed. (Help available here if needed)
  4. Visit this page to complete contact information and upload your application PDF. 

Deadline for submission is March 17, 2020, 5PM (PST). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Download Application

Submit Completed Application


Grantee Highlights

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center: Providing food and nutrition education

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) in Hayward provides accessible, high-quality health care to vulnerable and marginalized populations. Funds assist TVHC to develop a model food donation program with a nutrition education component which will help ensure that recipients of recovered food are able to make healthy food choices and use proper food preparation methods to prevent wasted food.


Providing Food and Nutrition Education

Daily Bowl rescues surplus edible food and distributes it to agencies catering to community members in need. Grant funding from StopWaste supports programs that incorporate collecting prepared food from commercial establishments, grocery stores and restaurants and distribute the food to local non-profit food pantries. Read more.