Edible Food Recovery (SB 1383)

What is edible food recovery?

Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. This is the highest and best use for food that would otherwise go to waste. Recovering surplus edible food to feed people is not only a great idea, but also a California law (SB 1383). This effort will increase access to nutritious food for members of our community, while reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food ending up in a landfill.

Business Participation Requirements

Businesses play a huge role in supporting the City’s goal of Zero Waste through recovery of edible surplus food.

Certain large businesses (grocery stores, large institutions, etc.) and large public events participate in edible food recovery, though any business can donate surplus edible food. Edible food is defined as food that is intended for human consumption. The State of California requires certain types of businesses to donate edible food according to the phase-in approach described below:

Required as of January 1, 2022: Supermarkets, food service provider/ distributors, wholesale food vendors, or any grocery store with a facility of 10,000 square feet.

Required as of January 1, 2024: Restaurants with 250 or more seats, hotels with an onsite food facility, large venues, a state agency cafeteria, and health care facilities with 100 or more beds.

Commercial edible food generators are counted on to:

  • Recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed
  • Maintain records of edible food recovered, specifically:
  1. Keep record of the name, address and contact information of the service or organization that collects its edible food for donation.
  2. Keep record of the type of food that will be collected or self-hauled/back-hauled
  3. Keep record of the established frequency that food will be collected or self-hauled/back-hauled
  4. Keep record of the amount of food donated (in pounds)
  • Establish a written contract or agreement with a food recovery organization or service for collection of surplus food

Food Recovery Services and Organizations Requirements

To assist the City in its efforts to track progress toward Zero Waste, food recovery services and organizations are required to report to the City quantities of food managed through their efforts. Organizations operating locally, include: 

Hope Partners Beta Food Center209 W. Pearl Street, PomonaMonday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.(909) 622-3806
Collection Service Area: Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Montclair, Mt. Baldy, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland and Walnut
Accepted Donations: Hygiene items, gloves, and socks for Unexpired food, and for perishable items, call to coordinate drop off. They also accept hygiene items as well as gloves and socks for their hygiene packs they pass out.
God's Pantry250 E. Center Street, PomonaMonday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(909) 766-8038

Collection Service Area: Los Angeles County

Accepted Donations: Unexpired, unopened, or undamaged food items, baby formula, diapers, and furniture
God Provides Ministry Pomona Valley Food Bank284 E. Holt Avenue, PomonaMonday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.(626) 200-0356

Collection Service Area: Los Angeles County

Accepted Donations: All non-perishable items, perishable only from businesses, accept non perishable items up to 1 year past the sell by date
New Song Church945 W Covina Blvd, San DimasMonday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.(909) 394-9488 melody@newsongsd.org
Collection Service Area: Los Angeles County
Accepted Donations: Hygiene items, and unexpired and unopened food items. If perishable, call to coordinate prior to drop off

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California247 E Amerige Ave, FullertonMonday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(951) 689-7847
Collection Service Area: Los Angeles County

Accepted Donations: Non-perishable food items, clothing (washed), and baby supplies ( diapers, formula)

San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless15701 Hill St, La PuenteMonday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.(626) 333-7204
Collection Service Area: Los Angeles County
Accepted Donations: Hygiene items, non-perishable food items, clothing (washed), and bottled water