Not sure what to do with your surplus food? The EPA has developed a Food Recovery Hierarchy that shows how surplus, but safe and edible, food should be dealt with. We waste approximately 40% of all of our food! In addition to environmental impacts, wasting food is bad for our community because we have 50 million food-insecure people in the United States. If you have leftover food that is still good, please consider donating it to those in need.
Donate Food Locally:
Extra Food.Org—a Marin based nonprofit that will pick up your extra fresh food and get it to those in need right here in Marin County.
In addition, there are a number of online applications that match those with extra food to those who want it, either for free or for a reduced cost.
Do you Have Extra Harvest?
FallingFruit.Org—a website that lets you post your unwanted tree fruit for others to come harvest. The map is an open source to allow for easy editing and shows fruit tree options all around the world. There are over 600,000 locations, including over 100,000 in California alone!
Ample Harvest—a website that empowers you to donate your excess produce to interested local food banks and pantries. Over 6,900 are listed nationally.
Check out these additional resources and tips to learn how to prevent food waste.