Donating surplus food can be a great way to help charitable organizations that serve those in need and must be done in a way that minimizes food safety risks.
"A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals."
Contact Community and Industry Engagement by phone at (626) 430-5156.
Note: It is best to contact the organizations below well in advance to making a food donation.
General questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donating backyard fruit: email@example.com or call (818) 530-4125
Farmers Market Recovery Program (food rescue): firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 764-1022 ext. 6
Wholesale Recovery Program: email@example.com
Note: Not all pantries are equipped to handle all food, call in advance first!
Type "food" in the keyword search field, and type in your zip code. The closer it is to your facility the better.
State and Federal Food Donation Statutes protect you from liability: