Grocery Rescue Program

Grocery Rescue is an Alameda County Community Food Bank program designed to recover a variety of nutritious foods from local grocery stores and retail locations for neighborhood food pantries and meal programs.

Items that are needed most and can help feed the hungry instead of ending up in landfills:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Deli
  • Produce
  • Frozen
  • Refrigerated
  • Shelf stable

How does Grocery Rescue Donation Work?

Alameda County Community Food Bank will partner your organization with a member agency in your neighborhood. All food handlers are certified in food safety and trained and certified to pick up donations. The donated food is then sorted, packed and given to families in need. Our member agencies also use these items to prepare and serve hot meals each day. Currently, we are partnering 30 member agencies with over 90 local grocery and retail stores in our community. Our grocery rescue partners include: Berkeley Natural Grocery, Lucky, FoodMaxx, Walmart, Cash & Carry, Sprouts, Fresh & Easy, Target, Foods Co., Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Nob Hill, Jetro, Costco and other retail stores in Alameda County. The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects donors from criminal and civil liability. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Act.

How do I become a Donor?

If you are a grocery retailer and could benefit from tax advantages and reduced disposal costs while also helping feed our community, please call us.
For more information please send us an email to, or contact:

Amanda Benson
Grocery Rescue Coordinator
Phone: (510) 635-3663 ext. 354
Kathryn Larrowe
Grocery Rescue Associate
Phone: (510) 635-3663 ext. 366