Did You Know?

According to CalRecycle, almost 1 in 4 Californians do not have enough to eat. 

Why Should Businesses Rescue Edible Food? 

Rescuing food is easy and you are helping to feed the hungry. SB 1383 requires certain food-generating businesses to donate their edible food, to food recovery organizations, that would otherwise be disposed of.

What is Edible Food? 

Edible food means food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of:

  • Appearance
  • Age
  • Freshness 
  • Grade
  • Size
  • Surplus 

Edible food includes but is not limited to:

  • Prepared foods
  • Packaged foods
  • Produce

Edible food includes surplus from a grocery store or farm, leftovers from restaurants or caterers, or other unwanted food from wholesalers.

How Does a Business Benefit?

  • Less Waste. Donated food reduces the amount of food that goes into the waste stream.
  • Public Recognition. By donating food your business show your commitment to the local community.
  • Potential Tax Benefits for Donating Food. Consult with your tax advisor for proper tax deductions. For more information on the tax credit, here in California, please see Charter 503, Statues of 2011 (Fuentes, AB 152).

Is a Business Protected Against Liability?

California’s Good Samaritan Donation Act (AB 1219) provides liability protection for entities that make good faith donations of surplus food. Businesses are legally protected from criminal and civil liability when food, that follows standard safe food procedures, is donated to charitable or non-profit organizations

Who has to comply and by When?

As of January 1, 2022: Tier One Generators (supermarkets, grocery and produce stores, etc.)

By January 1, 2024: Tier Two Generators (restaurants, hotels, large venues, and events, etc.) 

What Else is Required? 

Recordkeeping. The law requires mandated food donors to keep track of their food donation activities. Your local city or county is required to monitor compliance by requesting the following types of records during inspections:

  • Recover the maximum amount of surplus edible food that would  otherwise be disposed of (as compost or landfill) to feed people,
  • Have a written agreement or contract with a food recovery organization/services that pick up or receives edible food from your business, and
  • Maintain records of type, frequency, and pounds of food recovered each month.

Where Can a Business Donate To? 

Community partners like food banks and other organizations will help you set up and manage your food donation program. Here are a few within the area that will be more than happy to assist. 

Contra Costa County:

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Contact Information:
[email protected]

White Pony Express

Contact Information:
[email protected]
925.322.0604 x129

Solano County:

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Contact Information:
[email protected]ankccs.org

Rio Vista Food Pantry

Contact Information:
[email protected]

Who Should a Business Contact with Additional Questions? 

Contact a local food recovery organization, and they should be able to assist. If you have additional questions, visit Contra Costa County’s website.

Should you need additional assistance, reach out to CalRecycle’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) staff. They are currently tracking everything and updating their FAQs when a consistent issue/question arises.

[email protected]

Where Can a Business do to Prevent Food Waste? 

The first step in preventing wasted food is to measure it. A food waste audit assists in reduction efforts. The EPA has tools available to assist in measuring and preventing the creation of food waste. 

Senate Bill 1383

Short-lived Climate Pollutants:
Organic Waste Reductions

In September 2016, the State set methane emission reduction targets for California in Senate Bill 1383, intended as a statewide effort to reduce the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like organic waste) in various sectors of California’s economy.

SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also aims to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed of edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.