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Food Waste Reduction Grants

Deadline for submissions has now closed.

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.


Deadline for submissions has now closed.



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.