California has a 2025 goal to redirect to people in need 20% of edible food currently thrown away. All jurisdictions in the state are required to establish food recovery programs and strengthen any existing food recovery networks.
What is edible food?
Edible food is food intended for people to eat, including prepared foods, packaged foods. produce and food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, or surplus.
Why edible food recovery?
- Addresses the local food insecurity crisis by making edible food available to people in need of nourishment.
- Slows down the impacts of climate change by keeping organics out of landfills, which results in the release of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2).
What is required from Tier 1/Tier 2 Commercial Food Generators?
Recover Excess Edible Food
Recover (for human consumption) the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed of.
Establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services
Donate, arrange, or pay for the food to be recovered by a food recovery organization or service.
- Contract or written agreement onsite
- Types of food each food recovery organization or service will receive or collect
- Quantity donated in pounds per month
- Schedules for food donation deliveries or collections
What is required from Food recovery Services and Organizations?
Food Waste Prevention
Source Reduction or Food Waste Prevention is the most preferred method of the food recovery hierarchy. Below are some resources to help businesses reduce food waste.
- Waste Reduction Tip Sheet for Restaurants - provided by City of Austin
- Resources for Assessing Wasted Food - EPA provides tools for measuring and tracking the amount, type of, and the source of the food and packaging waste
- Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants - provided by EPA
- Save The Food Campaign - prevent food from going to waste by using a food calculator and find tips for meal preparation and storage
- CalRecycle Food Recovery Organizations - download and customize the Model Food Recovery Agreement
- Food Donation Tracking Form for Food Facility Operators - provided by FoodDropLA
- Find a Food Recovery Partner - provided by FoodDrop LA
- Guidelines for Safe Food Donation - provided by Los Angeles County Health Department
- Safe Surplus Food Donation Toolkit - provided by Public Health Alliance of Southern California
- Food Donation Resources - provided by Public Health Alliance of Southern California