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The "Good Samaritan Food Donation Act" (Public Law 104-210) protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient. For additional information on the "Good Samaritan Food Donation Act" or food scrap management, visit CalRecycle's Food Scrap Management website.

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  • Alameda County Community Food Bank
    Serves as Alameda County's central clearinghouse for donated food, collecting 12 million pounds of food during Fiscal Year 2000-2001.


  • California Association of Food Banks
    Founded in 1995 to promote collaboration in response to emerging social, economic, and legislative challenges impacting hungry people throughout California.
  • Community Pantry
    Accepts donations of food.
  • Community Resources Council, Inc. Food Bank

133 Church Street
Roseville, California 95678
Phone: (916) 783-0481
Fax: (916) 783-4013


  • Del Norte County Rural Human Services Food Bank
    Their second largest source of food comes through their Second Harvest affiliation. Three to four pallets of food are deadheaded by Safeway from Santa Rosa to Del Norte each month. Their purpose is to provide nutritional supplies on a monthly basis to low income families.


  • Feeding America
    National network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue programs that distribute donated food through 50,000 charitable agencies to hungry Americans. Their network serves all 50 states.
  • Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino
    OUR MISSION: Alleviate hunger in the Inland Empire. OUR VISION: Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino Counties envisions a community where everyone has access to an adequate and nutritious food supply.
  • Feeding America San Diego Food Bank
    We are committed to getting food assistance to those who need it most, alleviating hunger using every possible channel, and informing the public on the problem of hunger in our communities.
  • Feeding Forward
    Feeding Forward harnesses the power of technology to connect those with excess consumable food to feed those in need instantly. With our user friendly mobile and web app, we streamline the process of food recovery and donation, giving you the power to fight hunger at your fingertips.
  • Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo
  • Food Bank For Monterey County
    Operates an 18,000 square foot warehouse that serves as a clearinghouse from which they distribute to the needy the surplus food collected from retailers, growers and shippers, government sources, manufacturers, food drives, and the America's Second Harvest network.
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Foodbank of Southern California
  • Food Bank of Yolo County
    See Profiles for more information.
  • Food Donation Connection
    Provides an alternative to discarding surplus wholesome food by linking food service donors with surplus food to local hunger relief agencies.
  • Food Finders
    A food rescue program that collects and distributes food to the needy. See Profiles for more information.
  • Food Forward
    Food Forward collects unused produce from backyards, farmers markets and wholesalers, and distributes it to social service agencies in the greater Los Angeles area. 
  • California Emergency Foodlink
    Administers "Donate—Don't Dump", a program which gleans surplus produce from the agriculture industry for distribution to the hungry throughout California.
  • FoodLink for Tulare County
  • Food Runners
    450 restaurants, bakeries, and other businesses donate to Food Runners, which transports and delivers more than 12 tons of food each week to soup kitchens, shelters, and rehabilitation centers throughout San Francisco. See Profiles for more information.
  • FOOD Share, Inc.
  • Fresno County Community Food Bank


  • Interfaith Food Bank
    Distributes over 430,000 pounds of food gleaned annually to more than 750 families each month. See Profiles for more information.



  • Lassen/Modoc Food Bank

1700 Sunkist Drive
Susanville, California 96130
Phone: (530) 257-4884
Fax: (530) 257-2116

  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
    The Food Bank is at the center of a charitable food distribution network that includes over 1,000 charities in Los Angeles County.







  • Salvation Army

600 Janopaul Lane
Modesto, California 95351
Phone: (209) 577-3600
Fax: (209) 577-2214


  • Westside Food Bank
    A community supported organization, collects donated surplus and salvageable food locally, and then distributes this emergency food to hungry people through more than 60 social service agencies.


  • You Are Special
    We are a food pantry community program in the City of Orange where we give out food to about 240 families each week in Orange and the surrounding communities.

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