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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 2021-22.

Food Waste Prevention & Recovery Grants
Grantee Project Locations Fiscal Year Amount Description
Alameda Boys & Girls Club Alameda FY21-22 $10,000

Alameda Boys & Girls Club inspires and enables all youth, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Funds will support personnel time dedicated to the development of the Family Freshies program, a weekly farmer's market that will provide job training skills and educational opportunities to teens, while distributing surplus produce grown for the existing gardening and cooking program.

Arsola's Distribution Center and Community Services Oakland FY21-22 $20,000

Arsola’s Distribution Center and Community Services is a non profit community organization that provides safe, comfortable, stable housing, food access, and support services to bring about social, behavioral, and economic growth and advancement for individuals struggling to build a better way of life. Funds will support Arsola's food pantry program in East Oakland and help them to continue to grow their program by expanding the number of distribution sites they operate, increasing the number of homebound seniors they serve, and augmenting the amount of food they recover each month.

Berkeley Food Network Berkeley FY21-22 $20,000

The Berkeley Food Network (BFN) is an innovative, community-centered organization that brings expanded food assistance services to food-insecure Berkeley residents. BFN’s goal is to ensure that all Berkeley residents are free from hunger and have access to affordable high-quality, healthy food. Funds will be used to purchase a pallet jack and operationalize a recovery network in the East Bay, allowing BFN to accept large donations from Tier 1 generators and distribute to other food recovery organizations within their network, acting as a food hub.

Berkeley Student Food Collective Berkeley FY21-22 $15,000

The Berkeley Student Food Collective is a nonprofit educational grocery store, kitchen, and democratic member organization that works to provide healthy, sustainable, and affordable food for Berkeley's Southside and the UC Berkeley community. Funds will increase production of Pay-What-You-Want meals made with recovered surplus inventory, including a student associate to coordinate and train volunteers, as well as work on expanding operational capacity of the community kitchen through design and new equipment.

Common Vision Oakland FY21-22 $20,000

Common Vision works at the intersection of food, education and the environment. Funding will be used to produce a case study on cooperative food recovery from Oakland-based food business Good Eggs, that will serve as a model for other large food generators and non profit donation partnerships, while documenting their strategy of utilizing school gardens as distribution sites for recovered food and central hubs in the local food network.

Daily Bowl Alameda County FY21-22 $20,000

Daily Bowl recovers excess food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to Bay Area agencies that feed food insecure families Funding will support the expansion of surplus food recovery from restaurants and Tier 2 commercial edible food generators in addition to piloting a new effort to repurpose prepared surplus food into individual meals for food-insecure college students.

Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League of Alameda County Alameda County FY21-22 $10,000

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 be used to support DSAL's social enterprise, Dig Deep Farms, and their Food Hub distribution facility to increase food recovery, operate efficient aggregation, sorting, processing and packaging of recovered food for distribution to food-insecure residents.

FACES of the East Bay Alameda FY21-22 $10,000

FACES provides holistic, integrated programs and services that empower, uplift, and enhance the lives of disadvantaged community members and families throughout the East Bay who have been severely impacted by poverty, food insecurity and homelessness. Funds for a two-part initative will address food insecurity and food waste reduction by providing individuals and families with access to nutritious food, resources to cultivate knowledge and new skills to sustain healthy eating, food preparation and stretching food resources through a community media campaign. In addition, FACES will increase outreach to unhoused encampments in Oakland providing food and other vital resources.

Food Shift, a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City FY21-22 $20,000

Food Shift reduces food waste, nourishes neighbors, and provides jobs by recovering overlooked food and upcycles/redistributes it through their culinary training program which hires apprentices overcoming employment discrimination. Funds will be used to implement and scale PAWSitive Bones, a social enterprise producing the first 100% upcycled dog treat, made from locally-sourced, recovered surplus produce and other food by-products that would typically go to waste.

Good Eggs Oakland FY21-22 $20,000

Good Eggs delivers fresh groceries straight to consumers, while supporting and growing local & sustainable food systems. Funds will be used to support the development and implementation of food waste tracking & prevention procedures, staff training for management of surplus food and refining of their existing donation partnerships with Common Vision and a cooperative of additional food recovery organizations.

Goodness Village Livermore FY21-22 $10,000

Goodness Village provides a safe, affordable and permanent living space for formerly houseless people in individual tiny homes while offering daily activities, access to services and support, and an opportunity to earn a dignified income so that each resident is a contributing member to the community. This is a pilot for a Community Food Systems Grant subcategory, which aims to supportlonger-term strategies to improve food access and address equity, in this case through the overlap with secure and permanent housing.The Feeding Goodness project includes a plan for food recovery to offset the cost of feeding the community’s residents. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Goodness Village Community Center to enable safe food storage, food preparation, and preservation of recovered food.

Greater Grace Community Services Outreach Program Oakland, San Leandro FY21-22 $20,000

Greater Grace Community Services Outreach Program ensures secure stable, reliable, and healthy food for six thousand families in Oakland. Funds will support the expansion of the food recovery and distribution program with increased personnel time, as well as equipment and materials to build infrastructure to manage distribution.

Hope4theHeart Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City FY21-22 $20,000

Hope 4 the Heart is an all volunteer non-profit that provides weekly food deliveries to affordable housing and senior communities across Alameda County. In addition, H4tH partners with over 50 community organizations that pick up food from their warehouse hub in Hayward, to distribute to the unhoused, senior centers, after school programs, churches, shelters and food pantries. Funding will be used to purchase equipment and support transportation expenses for an 18 month SB 1383 expansion plan that doubles their food donation pickups, increases rescued fresh and non-perishable food distribution activities through new donors and partners and provides food resources to more than 65,000 individuals by the end of 2023.

Mandela Grocery Cooperative Oakland FY21-22 $17,150

Mandela Grocery Cooperative is a worker-owned and operated grocery store in West Oakland, a neighborhood rich with culture and history, but lacking access to local, fresh, and nutritional foods. Funds will support the growth of the bi-weekly Sunday Service meal program that upcycles surplus store inventory and donated food into hot meals and food bags for the curbside community and houseless neighbors. The number of meals and bags distributed will increase from 50 to 75 each Sunday Service, and funds will support a new team position that will focus on developing connections and partnerships to increase food recovery and appropriate donation needs.

Marin Gourmet Alameda County, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Pleasanton FY21-22 $10,000

Marin Gourmet is an immigrant founded local food manufacturing business whose products are available across the Bay Area at farmers markets and grocery stores. Funds will support the purchase of an oven and electric generator that maintains hot prepared food at the required temperature to increase donated food and ensure the safe donation of surplus from Alameda County farmer's markets to local food recovery and distribution organizations.

Mary Barber Ministries Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro FY21-22 $10,000

Mary Barber Ministries provides nutritional, emotional, spiritual, and hygienic care to overlooked East Oakland community members. Funds will support their mobile food pantry and other food distribtion events by purchasing equipment and supporting staff and volunteer time to increase the amount of food collected and distributed, number of people served and capacity to rescue more surplus food by establishing new partnerships with retailers and restaurants.

MEANS Database Alameda County, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro FY21-22 $15,000

MEANS Database is a non profit food recovery platform that works to mitigate food waste and connect emergency food providers to food donations using an online platform to connect food businesses with excess food, such as restaurants, warehouses, and catering companies, to nearby nonprofits that serve the community. Funding will support MEANS food recovery work throughout Alameda County to recover an estimated 100,000 pounds of food in one year. This expansion will be accomplished through outreach, coordination, and direct transportation of food donations, as well as enchancing and updating the MEANS web-based platform tool for food businesses working to comply with SB 1383. All food recovered will be transported and/or given to nonprofits and mutual aid organizations working to help individuals facing food insecurity.

Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland FY21-22 $10,000

Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice's Self Help Hunger Program, as an organization founded "by and for" resilient but displacement-vulnerable North Oakland residents, has been supporting the community for 14 years. Funds will support an increase in the Community Cooks Trainees Project, hot meal program, donation partners, and amount of recovered food, by providing funds for personnel time, transportation, and a generator.

Telegraph Community Ministry Center Alameda County, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro FY21-22 $20,000

The Telegraph Community Ministry Center has the goal of reaching out to those in need by providing food and clothing within their community since 1967. Funds will support the purchase of a van that will increase the ability to recover food from local retailers, as well as bring food to individuals and partners who are unable to travel by providing a mobile food pantry.

The Food Commonweal Oakland FY21-22 $10,000

The Food Commonweal was founded in 2018 with a mission to improve the health and wellness of East Oakland residents through increasing their access to culturally-relevant healthy food. Funds will support an expansion of The Famer & The Chef social enterprise, that utilizes excess locally grown produce to make condiments and sauces, though staff time, equipment and supplies to increase recovery and production capacity.

Tri-City Volunteers, Inc Fremont, Newark, Union City FY21-22 $16,264

TCV Food Bank (Tri-City Volunteers) provides emergency assistance to citizens of Fremont, Union City, and Newark with a mission to reach hunger where it lives. Funding will help revitalize and expand TCV's Mobile Pantry program so that waste reduction is engrained in the client experience. The project will improve capacity for packing and protecting rescued food for the mobile pantries by purchasing cold transport storage and durable food distribution tubs to provide a greater variety of cold food and perishable foods. Waste reduction will be incorporated into the client experience by replacing single use disposable bags with durable, reusable bags.

TRI-VALLEY HAVEN Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton FY21-22 $20,000

Tri-Valley Haven(TVH) is a non-profit organization in Livermore creating homes safe from abuse and contributing to a more peaceful society one person, one family, one community at a time. In addition to running a food pantry, they operate multiple shelters, a thrift store, and crisis support services for individuals and families in the Tri-Valley area and Alameda County. StopWaste funding will support Tri-Valley Haven's new expanded Food Pantry which has returned to a Client Choice model, allowing clients to select their own food instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries. This model reduces food waste, meets clients health needs and upholds their dignity, allows the pantry to order foods that are more in demand, and reduces staff and volunteer time pre-packing food items. Additionally, TVH will be adding more grocery rescue locations, projecting more than 200,000 pounds of food rescued, and expanding their Mobile Food Pantry operations to more housing locations.

Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League Alameda County FY20-21 $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.

Arsola's Distribution Center and Community Services Alameda, Emeryville, Oakland, San Leandro FY20-21 $20,000

Arsola’s Distribution Center and Community Services is a nonprofit community organization that provides safe, comfortable, stable housing, food access, and support services to bring about social, behavioral, and economic growth and advancement for individuals struggling to build a better way of life. Funds will support Arsola's food pantry program in East Oakland, which recovers over 350,000 lbs. of food annually to feed roughly 8,600 individuals and families each month.

Berkeley Food Network Albany, Berkeley, Oakland FY20-21 $20,000

The Berkeley Food Network (BFN) is an innovative, community-centered organization that brings expanded food assistance services to food-insecure Berkeley residents. BFN’s goal is to ensure that all Berkeley residents are free from hunger and have access to affordable high-quality, healthy food. Funds will be used to grow the Food Recovery Program, which currently rescues 40,000+ lbs. of food each month, as well as purchase reusable transport equipment and containers for food rescue and distribution.

Berkeley Food Pantry Albany, Berkeley FY20-21 $15,000

The Berkeley Food Pantry provides families with adequate sustenance and nutrition at times when bills for food, rent, health care, and other items overwhelm them. Funds will support the Pantry at Your Door project, which provides bimonthly food deliveries directly to the homes of at-risk populations, such as elderly, disabled, and low-income families with young children.

Common Vision Oakland FY20-21 $12,500

Common Vision contributes to the creation of a healthy and just society by growing school gardens and school children, by teaching new ways for people to live in harmony with the planet and each other, and by healing the earth. Funds will be used to support the Schools as Food Hubs project, which includes operationalizing food recovery and redistribution of food from large generators, food waste reduction education at schools and homes, and utilizing school farms as central hubs for local food system networks.

Daily Bowl Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City FY20-21 $20,000

Daily Bowl's mission is to recover surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and rapidly redistribute to local food pantries and 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 and places of worship.

Essential Food and Medicine Oakland FY20-21 $15,000

Essential Food and Medicine works to build collective immunity by providing essential holistic, immune wellness juices, smoothies, and natural medicines for our unhoused neighbors, frontline workers, residents over 65 years of age, non-citizens, formerly incarcerated and the immunocompromised and mobility limited residents. Funds will be used to increase capacity to recover, then process, preserve and transform surplus edible produce and other foods into juice, smoothies, and healthy nutritious meals for members of unhoused communities, seniors and non-citizens.

Food Shift Alameda County FY20-21 $20,000

Food Shift develops practical solutions to reduce wasted food, feed communities, and provide jobs. Food Shift's social enterprise recovers overlooked food from waste to provide nourishing food for overlooked neighbors overcoming food insecurity. Funds will support Operation Together Phase II, originally launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the rise in food waste and food insecurity, the project gleans and redistributes overlooked food as food assistance for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Hively Alameda County FY20-21 $9,785

Hively is a multi-faceted social services agency with a 44-year history of providing supportive resources and services so everyone in our community can thrive. Funds will be used for a new refrigerator, freezer, transport and storage supplies, and staff time for its Food Pantry program which retrieves and preserves surplus food for distribution to families in need.

Hope 4 the Heart Alameda County FY20-21 $20,000

Hope 4 the Heart serves local low-income families by providing food, produce, diapers, and household items. Funds will be used to support the food recovery program that collects and redistributes over 3 million pounds of rescued food per year to feed over 16,000 families every month.

Mandela Grocery Cooperative Oakland FY20-21 $15,000

Mandela Grocery Cooperative is operated, centrally governed, and democratically controlled by its worker-owners, and aims to nourish the community with healthy food, wellness resources, and collective ownership. Funds will be used to increase from once to twice a month, the Sunday Service program, which upcycles surplus food from the store and other donations to create healthy meals for the local unhoused community.

One Nation Dream Makers Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Union City FY20-21 $20,000

One Nation Dream Makers mission is to help veterans and others in the community to restore hope and get their lives back on track and to become positive forces in their communities. Funds will support expansion of the food recovery and distribution program, increasing the number of food donations and growing distribution beyond the current Dublin and Hayward sites.

Tri-Valley Haven Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton FY20-21 $20,000

Tri-Valley Haven creates homes safe from abuse and contributes to a more peaceful society one person, one family, one community at a time. Funds will be used to maintain the on-site Food Pantry operations as well as expand the number of grocery rescue sites and Mobile Food Pantry efforts.

Washington Hospital System Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Sunol, Union City FY20-21 $20,000

Washington Hospital System's mission is to meet the health care needs of their District residents through medical services, education, and research. Funds will be used for a plate heating and holding system for meals served to patients, which keeps food hot during transport and delivery to avoid the common wasting of cold food by patients.

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.