The Los Angeles County Food Redistribution Initiative (LACFRI) is a county project that began in June 2016 which aims to provide resources to the public about safe methods to prevent, donate and recycle excess food, as well as support policies that divert food from landfills. Participants include several county departments, businesses, community members, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about LACFRI, contact Bernadet Garcia-Silva, LACFRI Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 430-5454.
Your school or business can do their part in alleviating hunger and excess food.
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."
- Plan Ahead – Find a nearby nonprofit organization
- Visit www.211la.org, type “food” in the keyword search field, and type in your zip code. The closer it is to your facility, the better.
- Determine the logistics
- Which foods can they accept?
- How much can they accept?
- How often can they accept food?
- When are the best times for them to receive food?
- Can they pick up the surplus food or am I willing to deliver?
- Start small and then gradually improve the process
- The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health – Environmental Health Division has prepared Food Donation Guidelines to help facilitate safe food donations.
Did you know?
- Los Angeles County throws away nearly 1.6 million tons of food every year.
- 1.4 million people go hungry in Los Angeles County every day.
Food Donation Resources in Los Angeles County
Organizations that pick up surplus food and deliver it to the needy
Backyard harvesting, farmers market recovery, and wholesale recovery
General questions: email@example.com
Donating backyard fruit: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 530-4125
Farmers Market Recovery Program (food rescue): email@example.com or call (818) 764-1022 ext. 6
Wholesale Recovery Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizations that help connect donors to pantries/soup kitchens
Additional food pantry directories
Note: Not all pantries are equipped to handle all food, call in advance first!
The Los Angeles Regional Food Banklafoodbank.org/get-help/pantry-locator
2-1-1 Los Angeles County211la.org
Type "food" in the keyword search field, and type in your zip code. The closer it is to your facility the better.
Food Recovery GuideLos Angeles Area Food Recovery Guide (Published 2017)
EPA Links and ResourcesEPA Links and Resources for Los Angeles County
State and Federal Food Donation Statutes protect you from liability:
This section shall not be construed to create any liability. Nothing in this section shall be construed to supercede State or local health regulations.