Food Recovery Organizations and Services
New State law, SB 1383, and the Alameda County Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance went into effect January 1, 2022, including requirements for certain food generating businesses to donate edible food to a local food recovery organization or service and establish contracts or written agreements with them.
Learn more about all the requirements in the new law at www.StopWaste.org/Rules.
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Rules for food recovery organizations and services
Effective January 1, 2022, food recovery organizations must:
- Have written agreements with Tier 1 food generators or organizations donating surplus edible food to your organization. Written agreements will not be required for Tier 2 food generators until January 1, 2024. See table below for definitions.
- Maintain monthly records of type, frequency, and pounds of food recovered from Tier 1 donors.
- Report annually the total pounds of food recovered from Tier 1 donors.
If you are member agency of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) Food Recovery Program, some of the above requirements will be completed by ACCFB on your behalf. See below for details on how to become a member agency.
Optional but recommended:
- Report annually the total pounds of food from Tier 1 donors that was spoiled or otherwise not fit for human consumption when received.
- Get added to a public list to help businesses locate donation partners. For more information and to request to be added to the list, complete this short survey.
Our knowledgeable field team provides free phone, email, virtual, and in-person support to help set up a system to recover and donate surplus edible food.
How to work with donors to comply with the new law
In December 2021, all identified Tier 1 and Tier 2 food generators in Alameda County received a notification letter alerting them to their surplus edible food donation requirements. As a result, businesses may reach out to you as a food recovery organization/service partner. Follow the steps below to ensure compliance when working with existing and new food donation partners.
STEP 1: Assess Your Capacity
Before serving new donors, determine the additional amounts, types, and frequency of surplus edible food your organization can accept. Consider that donations may include more perishable items that require immediate distribution, cold storage, or preservation to remain fit for human consumption.
STEP 2: Enter into Written Agreements
For both existing and new Tier 1 donors, establish a regular food donation or collection schedule with each donor and jointly enter into a written agreement. Maintain copies and update agreements as needed.
STEP 3: Keep Records
Maintain documentation of the types and quantity of food (measured in pounds) recovered per month and the frequency of collections/deliveries from your donors. The first annual report is due August 15, 2022 for donations received January – June. Subsequent reports are due March 31 and annually thereafter. Consider providing records to your donors to help them comply with reporting requirements.
Additional information & free resources
- Get more information about the new law:
www.StopWaste.org/Rules (all rules) | www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Food-Recovery (food recovery rules)
- Download the food recovery donation agreement template
- Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) Food Recovery Program: for information about becoming a member, contact Xochi Hernandez at email@example.com
- Alameda County Food Recovery Stakeholder Network: connect and build partnerships with fellow organizations involved in edible food recovery. Email Cassie Bartholomew at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the invite list
- List of StopWaste grants for food waste prevention, donation, and equipment