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Previously Funded Grants

Since 1996, StopWaste has provided more than $8 million in funding to local organizations for innovative projects that decrease the amount of waste generated and sent to the county's landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled products. The grants program is currently focused on funding waste prevention and reuse and repair projects. Below is a searchable database of grant recipients from FY 2017-18 to FY 2019-20.

Community Outreach Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
18 Reasons Berkeley, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro FY19-20 $10,000

18 Reasons empowers community with the confidence and creativity to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Their Cooking Matters program, which provides training to neighborhood leaders to teach cooking/nutrition to East Bay families, will engage their board, staff, and peer educators (Health Promoters) in a one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge and share those educational tips at their cooking workshops.

A-1 Community Housing Services Hayward FY19-20 $5,000

A-1 Community Housing Services provides programs targeting the issues of homelessness; financial education, first-time home buyer education, relocation assistance, foreclosure prevention, and credit management. Enlisted 20 clients to do their own Fridge Reality Check and shared six educational tips. Working with grantee to provide presentation in Spanish.

All Saints Catholic Church Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, Union City FY19-20 $5,000

Church in Hayward serving neighboring communities. Educating parish committees who serve food on site about food waste prevention tools. Funds to support food and reusables for daily meals for homeless people at the Church.

Berkeley Student Food Collective Berkeley FY19-20 $10,000

Student run collective works to provide groceries and prepared meals for the UC Berkeley community. Project to engage student volunteers in a one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge and ongoing promotion of educational tips. Funds will support prepared meal pop-ups at various campus locations.

Eden Garden Livermore FY19-20 $10,000

Eden Garden provides fresh, organic food for those in need and gives people a hands on opportunity to learn about growing their own food. Engaged 25 Eden Garden, Crosswinds Church, and community members in the first one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge. Plan to hold culminating event with how-to tip stations at harvest celebration. Funds will be used to improve garden infrastructure and grow more food.

Fremont LEAF Fremont FY19-20 $5,000

Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont brings people together to grow healthy, pesticide-free food and to learn about environmentally sustainable gardening and urban farming practices. SWEET graduates initiated this grant with two food waste reduction workshops, reaching over 70 people. Enlisted 20 attendees to do their own Fridge Reality Check and continue to post educational tips on food waste. Funds used to support multi-media tools for LEAF.

McGee Ave. Baptist Church Berkeley FY19-20 $5,000

Engaged 20 members of the church and community to do their own Fridge Reality Check and share 6 educational tips throughout the year. Funds to support the church's ongoing meal program - serving 300 people weekly and expanding their edible garden.

A-1 Community Housing Services Hayward FY18-19 $5,000

A-1 Community Housing Services provides programs targeting the issues of homelessness; financial education, first time home buyer education, relocation assistance, foreclosure prevention and credit management. Enlisted 20 clients to do their own Fridge Reality Check and shared 6 educational tips. Working with grantee to provide presentation in Spanish.

Eden Garden Livermore FY18-19 $10,000

Eden Garden provides fresh, organic food for those in need and to give people a hands on opportunity to learn about growing their own food. Engaged 25 Eden Garden, Crosswinds Church and community members in the first 1 week Stop Food Waste Challenge. Will be holding culminating event with how-to tip stations at harvest celebration. Funds will be used to improve garden infrastructure and grow more food.

Fremont LEAF Fremont FY18-19 $5,000

Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont brings people together to grow healthy, pesticide-free food and to learn about environmentally sustainable gardening and urban farming practices SWEET graduates initiated this grant with a food waste reduction workshop attended by 70 people. Enlisted 20 attendees to do their own Fridge Reality Check and continue to post educational tips on food waste. A second workshop will take place fall 2019. Funds used to support multi-media tools for LEAF.

McGee Ave. Baptist Church Berkeley FY18-19 $5,000

Engaged 20 members of the church and community to do their own Fridge Reality Check and share 6 educational tips throughout the year. Funds to support the church's ongoing meal program - serving 300 people weekly and expanding their edible garden.

Alameda Backyard Growers Alameda FY17-18 $10,000

Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) is a network of gardeners in Alameda, California who are interested in growing food and donating extra fruit and vegetables to the Alameda Food Bank. Engaged 25 ABG and community members to take the 6-week Stop Food Waste challenge and shared 6 educational posts on food saving tips. Held a sustainability lunch and cooking demo at culminating event.

Community Impact Lab San Leandro FY17-18 $10,000

Community Impact Lab strives to be a force for action and to expand opportunities that everyone, especially women and children, have to be impactful. Engaged 25 CIL members to take the 6-week Stop Food Waste Challenge and shared 6 educational posts. Culminating event piggybacked on cooking meals for Women's Shelter and potluck. Engaged other community groups, as well. Funds supported reusable containers for monthly dinners.

A-1 Community Housing Hayward FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

Attitudinal Healing Fremont FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

Colonial Acres PTA FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

Community Resources for Living Hayward FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

El Sobrante Park Oakland FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

Rotary Club Dublin FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

San Pablo-Golden Gate Improvement Emeryville FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

St. James Church San Leandro FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

The Art of Living Fremont FY16-17 $5,000

Funds used to help increase participation in residential food scrap recycling.

Food Waste Prevention Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Abode Services Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

Abode’s mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing, and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. Funds will support the food delivery program that recovers surplus food from local partner grocery stores and redistributes to homeless and very low-income residents in Alameda County through Abode's owned and operated housing sites.

Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League (DSAL) Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

The Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League's (DSAL) mission is to build on natural, human, social, economic, built, political, and cultural capital to create safer, healthier communities. Funds will support DSAL's social enterprise, Dig Deep Farms, and their Food Hub distribution facility to operate efficient aggregation, sorting, processing and packaging of recovered food for distribution to food-insecure residents.

Chefs to End Hunger Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

Chefs to End Hunger facilitates the recovery and redistribution of surplus food from food service operators and wholesale distributors to local organizations that serve the food insecure. Funds will be used to grow the list of foodservice operator partners with substantial surplus food in Alameda County, as well as another non-profit agency that can support food distribution.

Daily Bowl Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, Union City FY19-20 $17,000

Daily Bowl's mission is to recover blemished and excess produce destined for waste and rapidly redistribute to local agencies catering to our less fortunate and hungry community members. Funds will be used to glean produce and prepared food from commercial establishments, grocery stores, and eating establishments and distribute to local non-profit food pantries.

Hope 4 the Heart Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

Hope 4 the Heart serves over 14,000 local low-income families per month by providing food, produce, diapers, and household items. Funds will be used to purchase a new box truck to support an increase of over 60,000 lbs per month of donated food from local stores, as well as the increased need for food delivery to low-income housing.

McGee Avenue Baptist Church Center for Food, Faith & Justice Berkeley, Oakland FY19-20 $18,000

The McGee Center for Food, Faith & Justice (CFFJ) provides an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley. Funds will support CFFJ’s Food Recovery Program that recovers food that would otherwise have gone to waste from food retailers, distributers, and producers in Berkeley and nearby municipalities, and redistribute through an on-site pantry and meal program serving residents experiencing food insecurity.

Replate Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

Replate's technology platform enables businesses to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food and activates the community to reliably redistribute surplus food to those experiencing food insecurity. Funds will be used to increase Replate's presence in Alameda County through automated dispatching that will improve efficiency, optimize routes, and free up staff time for building partnerships.

The Berkeley Food Network Albany, Berkeley FY19-20 $20,000

The Berkeley Food Network aims to provide an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley. Funds will be used to further develop the Food Recovery Program, which recovers food that would otherwise have gone into the waste stream from food retailers, distributers, and producers in Berkeley and nearby municipalities. Increased food recovered will be used in the pantry program as well as grow the Hub Kitchen Program to provide at least 1,500 meals a week.

Tri-Valley Haven Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

Tri-Valley Haven serves as a vital community resource serving adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness. Funds will support on-site food pantry operations as well as expand the Mobile Food Pantry efforts from monthly to bi-monthly, as need increases due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Daily Bowl Fremont, Union City, Newark, Hayward FY18-19 $20,000

Daily Bowl's mission is to recover edible food destined for waste and distribute that across to agencies catering to our less fortunate and hungry community members.. Funds used to support programs that incorporate collecting prepared food from commercial establishments, grocery stores and eating establishments and distribute to local non-profit food pantries.

East Bay Food Justice Project, aka Food Not Bombs Berkeley, Oakland FY18-19 $10,000

Food Justice serves hot meals seven times a week to the public at fixed locations in Berkeley and Oakland, and deliver prepared food to homeless encampments.. Funds support the collection and distribution of produce and prepared food that would otherwise be wasted. Food will be transformed into healthy vegetarian meals to be served free of charge to the public.

Hope 4 the Heart Hayward FY18-19 $20,000

Hope 4 the Heart provides food, produce, diapers, and household items to local families who are experiencing food insecurity by distributing pallets of food to over 100 churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations every week, free of charge. Funds support rescuing an additional 185 tons of edible food across Alameda County networks.

Replate Berkeley FY18-19 $20,000

Replate's technology platform enables businesses to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food. Replate’s food rescuers bring donated food directly to those experiencing food insecurity in Bay Area communities. Funds used to improve platform and keep pace with current demands.

The Berkeley Food Network (BFN) Berkeley FY18-19 $20,000

The Berkeley Food Network aims to provide an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley. Funds support BFN's Food Recovery Program that recovers food that would otherwise have gone into the waste stream from food retailers, distributers, and producers in Berkeley and nearby municipalities. The program ensures that the food is used in the highest and best use, primarily to feed people in Berkeley experiencing food insecurity.

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. Hayward FY18-19 $20,000

TVHC 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.

Move for Hunger Alameda County FY17-18 $15,000

Move For Hunger mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Funds to help expand its relocation partnerships in Alameda County while launching its new Apartment Program, in partnership with StopWaste, to raise awareness and responsiveness for the issues of hunger and food waste.

Tri Valley Haven Fremont, Newark, Union City FY17-18 $20,000

Tri-Valley Haven serves as a vital community resource serving adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness. Funding supports Tri-Valley Haven’s desire to expand its Food Pantry efforts in both the number of Grocery Rescue pickups conducted each week, reducing the amount of food waste from area grocery stores. In addition, funding allows an increase in the number of locations served by the Mobile Pantry program.

Alameda County Community Food Bank Alameda County FY16-17 $25,000

Alameda County Community Food Bank distributes millions of healthy meals every year, and is dedicated to finding new approaches to ending hunger and poverty. Funding to increase food donation/recovery through the Grocery Rescue Program (GRP) and launch a real-time donation pilot to recovery infrequent food donations such as prepared food.

Daily Bowl Alameda County FY16-17 $25,000

Daily Bowl's mission, is to recover edible food destined for waste and distribute that across to agencies catering to our less fortunate and hungry community members. Funding to expand operations to rescue produce and prepared food from retail/food service and redistribute to nonprofits serving the Tri-City area. Funding to provide large capacity van and other supplies to double recovery efforts.

Replate Alameda County FY16-17 $10,000

Replate's technology platform enables businesses to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food. Funding to amplify current food recovery efforts in Alameda County by focusing marketing to 30-40 potential companies in county and allocating resources towards developing a web platform to further develop their peer to peer food sharing platform in AC.

Reuse and Repair Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
African People's Education and Defense Fund, Inc. Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

The African People's Education & Defense Fund (APEDF) develops and institutionalizes programs to defend the human and civil rights of the African (black) community. Funds will be used to sponsor workshops to train volunteers to transform reclaimed furniture into beautiful redesigned items to be sold at the Uhuru furniture store in Oakland.

Alameda Natural Grocery / East Bay Natural Grocers Alameda FY19-20 $10,000

East Bay Natural Grocers, Inc. is comprised of three locally owned, independently operated and certified green food retailers, including two natural foods stores and one food service operation. Funds support a pilot project to implement reusable food containers for the transportation of hot and cold foods from their eatery Tomato, as well as for bulk and baked goods. Project will commence when County Health Order allows bulk food and buffet service.

California Product Stewardship Council Alameda County FY19-20 $5,000

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) is a nonprofit organization working to create a shift in California’s product waste management system to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design. Grant funds will be used to conduct research relating to potential opportunities and infrastructure for the reuse of solar panels in Alameda County and the Bay Area.

Civicorps Oakland FY19-20 $20,000

Civicorps is a West Oakland based nonprofit whose mission is to re-engage young adults, ages 18-26, to earn a high school diploma, gain job skills, and pursue college. They offer training in Environmental Management and Recycling as well as operate East Bay's only charter school designed to serve the needs of young adults. Grant award will provide funds to pay 50% of internship wages for two Civic Corps members to learn computer refurbishment skills. Internships are through their Conservation Career Pathways project at the Tech Exchange computer refurbishment center.

Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and CASA Youth Alameda FY19-20 $10,000

CASA is a community-wide coalition dedicated to raising awareness, mobilizing community action, and facilitating the implementation of programs to achieve the goals of the City of Alameda’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and to increase community sustainability and well-being. Funds will support CASA and CASA Youth to develop and pilot a Reusables To-Go Pilot Program to dramatically reduce disposable food ware waste in Alameda’s downtown Park Street district.

Corporate eWaste Solutions Alameda County FY19-20 $15,000

Corporate eWaste Solutions is a Hayward based certified electronics reuse and recycling provider. Reuse and Repair grant funds will allow the repair and refurbishment of lightly damaged laptops which would normally be recycled. These laptops will be donated to Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay to distribute to low income families in Alameda County.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

The mission of The East Bay Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services at the Oakland based Depot Store. Grant funds will provide operating support to collect, store, and redistribute materials for the Depot Store.

Ecology Center Berkeley FY19-20 $15,000

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. They transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. Grant funds for expansion and continuation of the Reusable Cup Pilot, implementing the Vessel Reusable Cup system into additional cafes and eating establishments in Alameda County. Project will commence when County and City Health orders allow project activities.

Fixit Clinic Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

Fixit Clinic organizes community repair event in Alameda County and throughout the United States. Funding will allow Fixit Clinic to respond to the rapidly evolving social and economic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruption by migrating to online community virtual repair events. Fixit Clinic will also provide their “Rapid Response Repair” program to Alameda County municipalities, medical facilities, and schools to support repair and maintenance of large scale equipment and property.

Hively Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

Hively believes that every family should have the resources and support to ensure that children get the best start possible including counseling and other resources they need to thrive. Grant funds will be used to expand and improve their Oakland and Pleasanton based program that collects big box store returns as well as gently used household items and clothing donations for redistribution to families in need.

Kala Art Institute Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

Kala Art Institute's mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through artist residencies and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education. Funds will be used to repair large scale printmaking and digital equipment to prevent the items from being recycled and/or landfilled, as well as purchase an industrial washer/dryer so they can switch to reusable rags.

Loved Twice Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn baby deserves to have clothes for their first year of life—one of life’s basic necessities. Loved Twice provides clothing for newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing. Grant funds will be used to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort the garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

MedShare Alameda County FY19-20 $20,000

MedShare is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. Grant funds will support their Biomedical Equipment Lab which will prevent functioning medical equipment from ending up in landfill by testing, refurbishing, and repairing equipment to be distributed locally and internationally to those in need to save lives.

Oakland First Fridays Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month. This event includes artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans and beverages as well as food trucks. Funds encumbered to support reusable infrastructure at First Friday events when County Health Order allows for large group activities to resume.

Orta Kitchen Garden Alameda FY19-20 $10,000

Orta's mission is to help people grow their own plants from seeds and cuttings which reduces plastic waste from nursery pots and provides a successful, satisfying zero-waste experience. Grant funding will allow Orta Kitchen to build a trimming machine that will reduce waste and increase labor productivity by streamlining production and operations, reducing labor costs, and creating greater organizational capacity.

Re-Up Refill Shop Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont FY19-20 $15,000

The ReUp Refill shop in Oakland allows customers to get bath, body, kitchen, and cleaning products in refillable containers, reducing waste from single-use plastics. Funds will allow the shop to purchase a pre-owned electric bike for sustainable deliveries and refurbish a used shipping container to provide storage of large scale inventory items such as 55 gallon drums.

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT) - Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

RAFT provides materials, kits, and curriculum for students and teachers using salvaged and reusable materials donated by companies and manufacturers. Grant funds will provide 2,500 activity kits and online education curriculum to support remote learning for Title 1 schools. In addition, funds will help secure and collect material donations from Alameda County manufacturers for reuse in their large warehouse and educational kits.

Surplus Service Alameda County FY19-20 $15,000

Surplus Service provides the highest and best end of life solutions for e-waste, via refurbishment and reuse of electronics rather than recycling or sending them to the landfill. Funds will be used to expand their BioMed group to refurbish medical equipment that may have otherwise been landfilled or recycled. Adding the capability of refurbishing medical equipment to their existing operation will divert thousands of pounds from landfill and recycling streams.

The Crucible Alameda FY19-20 $5,000

The Crucible inspires creative exploration with hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. Grant funds will be used to purchase an industrial washing machine and dryer which will allow them to clean welding jackets, rags, tablecloths, and ceramics class textiles onsite, instead of sending them to landfill.

The Plant Exchange Alameda County FY19-20 $5,000

The Plant Exchange's mission is to divert large amounts of usable plants from the landfill or organics stream by developing partnerships with retail/wholesale distributors and contractors who provide The Plant Exchange with donations of unused plants. Funds will be used to support ongoing operations for donated plant pickups.

Transition Berkeley Berkeley FY19-20 $10,000

Transition Berkeley's mission is to bring community together to build a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for Berkeley. Funds will be used to work with Cal Berkeley's Engineers for a Sustainable World Students to develop curriculum focused on repair for Cal students, including waste stream education, product design, circular economy, and repair. Class will provide practical hands-on learning about how to diagnosis and repair electronics, small appliances, bicycles, clothing, and furniture.

Waterside Workshop Alameda County FY19-20 $10,000

Waterside Workshop’s ‘Street Level Cycles’ program is a youth job-training program that repairs and sells discarded bicycles, and provides a free do-it-yourself public bike repair shop. Rebuilt bicycles provide green transportation for low-income youth and adults, and bicycle sales help support their free education programs. Funds will support staff for operations and youth instruction.

Bay Area Redwood Hayward Hayward FY18-19 $15,000

Bay Area Redwood diverts trees from urban environments and creates upcycled wood products including live-edge slabs, beams, siding and tables. Funds used for storage and expand operational capacity.

California Shakespeare Theater Berkeley FY18-19 $8,500

Cal Shake creates exemplary productions of works, both old and new, interpreted in vital and urgent ways. They seek to both teach and learn through art—not simply about the theater but about our world. Grant funds used to build reusable stock set pieces that will reduce the amount of construction waste sent to landfill.

Community Impact Lab San Leandro FY18-19 $15,000

Community Impact Lab strives to be a force for action and to expand opportunities that everyone, especially women and children, have to be impactful. Grant funds to support collection of donated textiles, fabrics, toys and baby supplies annually through the Baby Box Program, offered to vulnerable populations. Project includes repair and repurpose of damaged goods for donation and retail purposes.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Oakland FY18-19 $10,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funds to expand and implement the Estate Reuse Service program that provides Alameda County residents dealing with challenging life transitions with a convenient resource to responsibly dispose of personal property.

Ecology Center Berkeley FY18-19 $45,000

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. They transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. Grant funds to promote and implement a Reusable Foodware Pilot to develop a replicable reusable cup pilot to further reduce single-use disposable food ware, and create a model for city-wide and regional adoption.

Filljoy LLC Alameda, Oakland FY18-19 $15,000

Filljoy's mission is to reduce single-use plastic, packaging and product waste in retail environments. Filljoy is a technology solution that simplifies and encourages bulk shopping by utilizing apps available on smartphones. Filljoy’s innovative technology solution makes it easier for customers to shop with their own reusable containers. Funding to pilot Filljoy software/kiosks at three Alameda County grocery stores that offer bulk purchasing options.

GO Box SF Bay Oakland FY18-19 $9,500

GO Box offers reusable foodware containers in place of single use disposal items via an smartphone app. Funding to conduct outreach and secure food truck vendors to pilot Go Box services at Oakland's First Friday event.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Oakland FY18-19 $10,000

Habitat ReStores accept donations of used and salvaged home improvement items sold to the public at a discount. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities. Funds used for communications/outreach campaign to promote the ReStore and the variety of salvaged, donated and reused items for sale. Campaign will encourage people to visit the Restore as well as educate residents about the importance of reuse and donations.

Hively (formerly Child Care Links ) Pleasanton FY18-19 $15,000

Hively believes that every family should have the resources and support to ensure that children get the best start possible including counseling and other resources they need to thrive. Grant funds used to expand and improve their Pleasanton-based program that collects big box store returns as well as gently used household items and clothing donations for redistribution to families in need.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY18-19 $10,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life—one of life’s basic necessities. clothing newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing for the first year of life. Grants funds assist Love Twice to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

MedShare San Leandro FY18-19 $20,000

MedShare recovers and reuses medical supplies from Bay Area Hospitals and redistributes them both in the Bay Area and abroad. Funds to develop a Biomedical Equipment Lending Library which will increase donations from hospitals and manufacturers to MedShare.

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North Berkeley FY18-19 $10,000

Rebuilding Together creates community partnerships to rejuvenate neighborhoods through the rehabilitation of homes owned by low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities that serve low-income communities. Funds used to train and supervise 500 volunteers and 30 clients yearly to salvage reusable building materials instead of sending to landfill/recycling.

Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Alameda County FY18-19 $10,000

RAFT provides materials, kits and curriculum for students and teachers using salvaged and reusable materials. Grant funds used to secure and collect material donations from Alameda County manufacturers for reuse in their large warehouse and educational kits.

Reuse Alliance Inc. Alameda County FY18-19 $20,000

The Alliance promotes the social, environmental and economic benefits of reuse through advocacy, data collection projects, and community building services that strengthen the reuse community.Funds used to expand the Agency's database of Alameda County reuse enterprises and their activities to improve upcycling infrastructure in Alameda County.

Surplus Service (SS) Fremont FY18-19 $15,000

Surplus Service provides the highest e-waste recycling solutions that lead to higher sustainability reuse and disposal of electronics rather than simply recycling them or sending them to the landfill. Funds will help SS reuse instead of recycle hard disk drives (HDD) by wiping the HDDs coming into facility instead of sending them to shredders. This allows HDDs to be utilized for their full life span.

Upstream Alameda County FY18-19 $20,000

Upstream is a national non-profit organization sparking innovative solutions to plastic pollution and our throw-away culture. They create opportunities, develop tools and invite business leaders, policy makers and culture hackers to join us in changing the world. Funds used to coordinate regional activities around reusable food ware opportunities for implementation countywide.

Urban University (UU) Oakland FY18-19 $10,000

UU mission is to improve the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals by providing employability training, coaching and employment opportunities in their salvaged goods store. Funds used to help offset operational costs.

Waterside Workshops/Street Level Cycles Berkeley FY18-19 $10,000

Street Level Cycles is a community bicycle shop that utilizes donated and discarded bicycles to teach youth valuable job skills in how to rebuild bicycles using salvaged bicycle partts and materials. Funding to help offset costs of staffing and rent.

California Product Stewardship Council Alameda County FY17-18 $15,000

California Product Stewardship Council's mission is to support a change in California’s product waste management system to producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability. Grant funds used for outreach of The Refuel Your Fun campaign which promotes refillable 1 lb. propane cylinders in place of non refillable/recyclable ones.

East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse Oakland, Alameda County FY17-18 $10,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funding used to promote their Estate Reuse Services—a personalized estate clearance program designed to provide Alameda County residents dealing with challenging life transitions with a convenient resource to ecologically dispose of personal property.

Grateful Gatherings Alameda County FY17-18 $10,000

Grateful Gatherings’ mission is to improve lives by providing gently used furniture and household goods to be reused for low-income families transitioning out of homelessness, crisis, and poverty. Funds used for staffing to develop and expand all gathering events.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY17-18 $10,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life—one of life’s basic necessities. Love Twice provides clothing for newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing. Grant funds used to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort the garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

MedShare Alameda County FY17-18 $20,000

MedShare recovers and reuses medical supplies from Bay Area Hospitals and redistributes them both in the Bay Area and abroad. Funds supported MedShare's Medical Supply Recovery Program including general operating expenses needed to pick up supplies at over 50 hospitals, as well as other related logistics costs.

Oakland Public Education Fund/Tech Exchange Oakland FY17-18 $10,000

​Tech Exchange sources high quality decommissioned technology from contributing partners, refurbishes computers and distributes them to households across the Bay Area. TheirTech For All solution is designed to supply everything needed to support digitally disconnected residents with technology access. Funds used to support the purchase of a used truck to implement and grow successful electronic reuse program.

Waterside Workshops Berkeley FY17-18 $15,000

Street Level Cycles reuses discarded bicycles in their youth job-training program which repairs bikes for sale as well as a free do-it-yourself public bike repair shop. Rebuilt bicycles provide green transportation for low-income youth and adults, and bicycle sales help support our free education programs. StopWaste funding supports staff for operations and youth instruction.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Oakland FY16-17 $15,000

The mission of The Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in the Depot Store. Funds used to conduct targeted business outreach in Alameda County to help expand the East Bay Depot’s donation solicitation activities to include more businesses, corporations and manufacturers.

Habitat for Humanity Restore Oakland FY16-17 $15,000

Habitat ReStores accept donations of used and salvaged home improvement items sold to the public at a discount. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities. Funds used to increase warehousing facility to support growing influx of donated materials.

Loved Twice Berkeley FY16-17 $15,000

Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life — one of life’s basic necessities. Love Twice provides clothing for newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing. Grant funds used to collect gently-used baby clothes, sort the garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics.

ReUse People Oakland FY16-17 $15,000

ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse. Funds were used for outreach and advertisements to attract new customers and sell more salvaged building materials for reuse at the newly expanded site shared with Habitat for Humanity.

Waterside Workshops/Street Level Cycles Berkeley FY16-17 $15,000

Street Level Cycles is a community bicycle shop that utilizes donated and discarded bicycles to teach youth valuable job skills in how to rebuild bicycles using salvaged bicycle parts and materials. Funding to help offset costs of staffing and rent.

Waste Prevention Equipment Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Bay Area Community Health Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City FY19-20 $3,800

Bay Area Community Health's mission is to work with community churches, neighbors, and volunteers to end hunger. Grantee will purchase reusable pallets and thermal blankets to reduce their waste footprint while also increasing safety and efficiency in food storage and distribution.

San Leandro Community Food Pantry Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro FY19-20 $8,500

San Leandro Community Food Pantry is a volunteer run organization that provides food for the marginalized members of their community. Grantee will purchase a commercial freezer, refrigerator, and shelving to increase capacity of recovered surplus food.

Tri-City Health Center Fremont, Newark, Union City FY19-20 $6,300

Tri-City Health Center's (TCHC) mission is to deliver excellent health services in a caring, nurturing, and respectful atmosphere while improving the quality of life for every patient. Grantee will purchase a new refrigerator, reusable coolers, and reusable plastic bins to reduce the use of disposable transport packaging and also support the safe and efficient collection of surplus edible food for their Food Farmacy program.

Tri-City Volunteers, Inc. Fremont FY19-20 $4,370

Tri-City Volunteers' (TCV) mission is to eliminate hunger and promote self-sufficiency in Alameda County by distributing food and providing volunteer opportunities to improve the quality of life for all. Grantee will purchase reusable totes to be used in three Mobile Food Pantry vans. These totes will allow TCV to reduce their waste footprint and create a more efficient storage and distribution system.

Arsola's Distribution Center and Community Services/Oakland Livermore FY18-19 $7,500

Grantee will purchase reusable totes or bins, a freezer (and installation), hot/cold boxes and reusable coolers to increase the number of homebound people that receive donated by 50 for a total of 200 served, increase the number of unsheltered persons provided with food by 50 persons for a total of 250 persons, and increase recovery of prepared and perishable foods.

Berkeley Food Network Berkeley FY18-19 $5,555

Grantee will purchase reusable plastic pallets and totes to replace limited-use wooden pallets and cardboard boxes, temperature controlled food storage equipment to keep recovered food at the proper temperature, and reusable food containers to reduce disposable aluminum trays. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 200,000 lbs. 1of edible food between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Dorothy Day House Berkeley FY18-19 $6,983

Grantee will purchase two commercial refrigerators and one commercial freezer. As a result of this new equipment, it’s estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 600 lbs. of edible food a week during the duration of the grant.

Downs Community Development Corporation Oakland FY18-19 $1,650

Grantee will purchase and install a commercial freezer to recover surplus food to feed people experiencing food insecurity.

Faces of the East Bay Oakland FY18-19 $8,703

Grantee will purchase and install a freezer, refrigerator, and thermal blankets to support food rescue and distribution by increasing capacity to refrigerate and freeze donated food and increase the amount of food distributed with new temperature controlled food recovery equipment. FACES estimates increasing donations and foods distributed by at least 200%.

Food of God Oakland FY18-19 $1,100

Grantee will purchase reusable totes or bins, reusable coolers, and thermal blankets to recover surplus food to feed people experiencing food insecurity in downtown Oakland.

Replate Alameda County FY18-19 $3,845

Grantee will purchase insulated blankets, insulated pan carriers hot/cold packs, and insulated delivery bags to recover surplus food to feed people experiencing food insecurity while reducing the use of disposable transport packaging. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover and distribute approximately 89,700 lbs. of food from Cal Dining between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

South Hayward Parish Hayward FY18-19 $7,000

Grantee will purchase reusable transport packaging and/or temperature controlled food storage equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, or hot/cold boxes. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover and distribute approximately 2,000 additional meals between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Livermore FY18-19 $2,100

St. Barts will purchase stackable reusable containers and a cart/strap to hold boxes. Containers that are stackable will reduce the amount of storage space in the pantry and increase the space for more food items to be donated. Temperature controlled food storage/transport equipment will also help with perishable items donated from locations and during food distribution at the pantry.

The Crucible Oakland FY18-19 $2,353

Grantee will purchase and install a commercial refrigerator. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 5,000 lbs. of edible food to feed underserved students taking classes and camps onsite between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Tri- Valley Haven Livermore FY18-19 $2,369

Grantee will a combo commercial refrigerator/freezer to recover surplus food to feed people experiencing food insecurity. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover approximately 230,000 lbs. of edible food between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Tri-City Volunteers Fremont FY18-19 $3,934

Grantee will purchase round trip reusable totes to replace cardboard boxes. This will reduce limited space used in the warehouse so more food can be rescued for donation and distribution in the Marketplace and Bagged Lunch programs.

Union City Family Center Union City FY18-19 $4,882

Grantee will purchase reusable totes, reusable pallet wraps, reusable pallet bands or belts, freezer and installation, thermal blankets, and scale to recover surplus food to feed people experiencing food insecurity while reducing the use of disposable transport packaging.

Viola Blythe Community Center Newark FY18-19 $4,941

Grantee will purchase a freezer to recovery and safely store surplus food to feed food insecure people. It is estimated that the Grantee will recover and distribute approximately 200 additional Turkeys (~3,000 lbs.) and other perishable foods between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Reusable Transport Packaging Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Biologic Environmental Services & Waste Solutions Alameda County FY19-20 $9,320

Biologic Environmental Services & Waste Solutions is an in-County medical waste service provider. Funds will be used to replace cardboard boxes and wooden pallets with 36 reusable plastic totes for transporting medical waste from approximately 700 medical facilities located throughout California, 130 of which are located in Alameda County. The medical waste will be transported in the reusable containers to an incinerator where they are unloaded, then the totes are returned to Biologic to be sanitized for reuse. It is estimated that the reusable totes will prevent the purchase, use, and incineration of 19,440 lbs of cardboard boxes and wooden pallets annually.

Commex Corporation Hayward, Union City FY19-20 $10,000

Commex Corporation provides food grade plastic film for packaging. Grant funds will be used to replace single-use wooden pallets with 138 reusable pallets to transport shipments of film plastic to Emerald Packaging in Union City. The reusable pallets will prevent the purchase, use, and disposal of approximately 16.5 tons of wooden pallets annually.

Corporate eWaste Solutions Alameda County FY19-20 $3,500

Corporate eWaste Solutions is a Hayward based certified electronics reuse and recycling provider. Equipment grant funds will be used to replace limited-use cardboard gaylords, wooden pallets, and plastic wrap with reusable moving carts and pallet wrap to transport electronics from Alameda County clients and e-waste collection events to their Hayward warehouse. The 15 reusable office carts and pallet wraps will prevent the purchase, use, and disposal of roughly 18,180 lbs of cardboard gaylords, wooden pallets, and plastic wrap annually.

Philz Coffee Alameda FY19-20 $7,000

Philz Coffee is a coffee roaster retailer with over 50 coffee shops, as well as wholesale and online roasted coffee sales. Funds will be used to replace single-use plastic pallet wrap with 48 reusable pallet wraps for weekly shipments of coffee beans from their third-party warehouse in San Leandro to the Philz Coffee Roasting Plant in Oakland. It is estimated that the reusable pallet wraps will prevent the purchase, use, and disposal of disposal of 1,822 lbs of plastic pallet wrap each year.

Riverdog Farm Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland FY19-20 $10,000

Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic farm located in Capay Valley. Funds will be used to replace waxed cardboard boxes with 1,060 reusable plastic totes to transport produce to Alameda County farm box customers. The reusable totes will prevent the purchase, use, and disposal of approximately 8,750 lbs of waxed cardboard boxes and 52 rolls of butcher paper annually.

Agricultural Institute of Marin Alameda County FY18-19 $10,000

AIM currently manages seven Certified Farmers Markets in the Bay Area (San Francisco, Alameda, and Marin Counties), a mobile market, and provides hands-on educational programs to thousands of children and adults about the connections between the environment, agriculture, and health. AIM will coordinate this project on behalf of 8 participating farms to replace 14,400 cardboard boxes with 645 reusable plastic totes for transporting produce to East Bay markets over a five year period.

Berkeley Food Network Berkeley FY18-19 $5,555

BFN's Food Recovery Program is working to close the gap between the number of people in Berkeley experiencing food insecurity and available food-assistance services. They will purchase reusable plastic pallets and totes to replace limited-use wooden pallets and cardboard boxes, temperature controlled food storage equipment (e.g. thermal blankets and hot/cold boxes) to keep recovered food at the proper temperature to prevent edible food from spoiling, and reusable food containers to reduce the use of disposable aluminum trays. These measure will allow the recovery of approximately 200,000 lbs. of edible food each year.

Drake's Brewery San Leandro FY18-19 $5,000

Drake’s Brewery will replace approximately 290,000 feet of plastic film and 16,640 pounds of wooden pallets per year by purchasing 32 reusable plastic pallets, 12 pallet wraps, and 300 pallet bands to move raw materials and finished product across the brewery’s production spaces.

Emerald Packaging Union City FY18-19 $5,000

Emerald Packaging has been manufacturing and distributing flexible packaging throughout California and North America for over 50 years. They are replacing the high-density non-recyclable paper cores with 240 reusable plastic cores for transporting film packaging (1 reusable core replaces 20 fiber cores).

Hall's Organic Farms Alameda County FY18-19 $3,500

Hall's Farm will replace approximately 5,800 waxed cardboard boxes per year by purchasing 400 reusable plastic crates for weekly delivery of produce from their Salinas Valley farm to five restaurants and two farmer’s markets in Alameda County.

Daylight Foods Alameda County FY17-18 $5,000

Funds used to purchase 20 reusable wraps, 20 reusable pallets, and 50 reusable totes to deliver produce daily from Milpitas to UC Berkeley.

Planetary Products, Inc. Berkeley FY17-18 $4,600

Funds used to purchase 150 reusable totes which are used to deliver ready-to-eat packaged meals to grocery stores throughout the Bay Area, eliminating 2500 corrugated boxes each year, reducing product loss and improving worker safety.

Gu Energy Berkeley FY16-17 $5,000

Funds 35 reusable pallet wraps to replace plastic film stretch wrap used on stored pallets in warehouse. The project reduces GU's annual shrink wrap waste by 20%, over 43,000 sq. feet.

Local Greens Berkeley FY16-17 $3,000

Replaces 250 limited-use (due to frequent damage) plastic bins used for distribution of produce with 100 durable reusable totes.

Real Food Bay Area CSA Alameda County FY16-17 $5,000

Replaced corrugated boxes with reusable plastic cooler boxes and reusable dividers for distribution of food in a CSA program. The reusable containers reduce food and packaging waste, save space and result in a cleaner warehouse.

South Valley Mushroom Farms Alameda County FY16-17 $4,775

Funds 380 reusable totes which replace corrugated boxes used to store and transport mushrooms to Alameda County farmers markets and preventing over 7,000 lbs. of discarded corrugated boxes/year.

Surplus Service Fremont FY16-17 $5,000

Funded 21 collapsible bulk bins to replace 5 single use gaylord boxes and 5 wood pallets each week. The bins are used for collection and transport of e-waste for reuse and recycling. Over 100 gaylord boxes and pallets (each) are prevented from landfill each year.

Mini Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Metro Lighting Berkeley FY19-20 $5,000

Metro Lighting is a retail lighting store located in Berkeley. Funds will be used to procure and install a press-molding glass production table and equipment to expand Metro lighting’s capability to create and sell lamp shades produced from recycled glass cullet.

Museum of Tomorrow Berkeley FY19-20 $5,000

Inspired by the current trend of popular pop-up museums, Museum of Tomorrow portrays climate change via an innovative approach. Funds to support pop-up museum at the David Brower Center, which includes an interactive display to educate and inspire people to change their daily behaviors to a more sustainable approach.

Bio Link Depot Oakland FY18-19 $5,000

BioLink Depot is a unique organization that provides millions of dollars worth of donated laboratory equipment and supplies for free to educators and researchers, to promote scientific training for students. Funding supportst Bio Link for transportation logistics for pick up and drop of donated biomedical materials for distribution to educational facilities/classrooms.

Cup O'Sugar Hayward FY18-19 $5,000

Cup O’ Sugar works to build community and reduce food waste by connecting food surpluses with nearby neighbors by utilizing their electronic app. Funds to use to outreach to 50 multifamily properties promoting the new foodshare app that allows neighbors to share perfectly good food ingredients and produce that would otherwise be composted or landfilled.

Eat Real Festival Oakland FY17-18 $5,000

Supporting the Baykeeper organization, the Eat Real Festival is an annual celebration of good food with a focus on artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and delicious cocktails—all featuring sustainable local ingredients. Funds used to support implementation of food waste prevention activities with Festival vendors.

Kids Scoop News Fremont, Hayward FY17-18 $5,000

Kid Scoop News recognizes that reading is key to a child’s potential for success in life and their mission is to gets kids reading more before they fall behind. Kids Scoop News provide young students with mini newspapers presented in a way that entices kids to read. Grant funding provided increased distribution of Kids Scoop Newspaper to classrooms in Hayward and Fremont School Districts. Recycling and composting articles adapted for Newspaper for the entire school year.

Eat Real Festival Oakland FY16-17 $5,000

Supporting Baykeeper organization, the Eat Real Festival is an annual celebration of good food with a focus on artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and delicious cocktails—all featuring sustainable local ingredients. Grant funds initiated a food waste prevention protocol at this large food festival.

Go Box SF Bay Oakland FY16-17 $5,000

Go Box's mission is to make it easy to enjoy waste-free, reusable takeout to replace the disposable to-go boxes. Funds to increase Go Box reusable container participants as well as secure more restaurants/vendors offering Go Boxes.

General Grants
Grantee Location Fiscal Year Amount Description
Go Green Initiative (GGI) Pleasanton FY17-18 $15,000

Go Green Initiative provides schools with the tools, training and ongoing support they need to create a “culture of conservation” and natural resource stewardship within their community. Funds used to conduct outreach and training to Pleasanton residents and commercial institutions to better implement the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance.

Habitot Children's Museum Berkeley FY17-18 $15,000

A core part of Habitot's mission is to benefit a broad audience of families raising young children, regardless of income, transportation, access, language, education, or cultural background. Grant funding allowed Habitot to refurbish and expand its Recycling Center exhibit to be combined with a public awareness campaign covering waste reduction, best practices in reducing food waste, creative reuse ideas, and new information about recycling.

Surplus Service (SS) Fremont FY17-18 $15,000

Surplus Service provides the highest e-waste recycling solutions that lead to higher sustainability reuse and disposal of electronics rather than simply recycling them or sending them to the landfill. Funds supported new refurbishing division, including a new Supervisor and two IT Repair Technicians to repair and resell approximately 500 LCD monitors and TV's monthly from various vendors.

City Slickers Oakland FY16-17 $25,000

City Slicker's mission is to reinforce self-sustaining access to food and build community through urban farming, education, and recreation. Funds used to develop partnerships with reused materials suppliers for garden builds and community workshops to create awareness about the importance of reusing materials.

Civicorps Recycling Oakland FY16-17 $15,000

Civicorps Recycling is a social enterprise that provides commercial recycling collection services to Oakland businesses while training young adults to enter recycling careers. Funds used to purchase forklift and expand e-Waste collection reuse and recycling project through targeted marketing campaign.

MedShare San Leandro FY16-17 $50,000

MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. Funds used to purchase a forklift to increase efficiency and square footage, and reduce footprint by phasing out off-site warehouse.

Rising Sun Alameda County FY16-17 $5,000

Rising Sun's mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. Grant funds provided food waste prevention education and resources to 1,000 households in Alameda County during Green House Calls.

The Plant Exchange Oakland FY16-17 $15,000

Plant Exchange's mission is to divert large amounts of usable plants from the landfill by developing partnerships with retail and wholesale distributors, and contractors who provide the Plant Exchange with donations of unused plants. Funds used to purchase of a vehicle for donated plant pick ups.