Join us in ensuring good food goes to good use.

The impact of COVID-19 has increased the need of our community and we are hoping for your support!

Do you have food from your home/residency to donate? Please visit our Food Drive page to find a location near you to drop off your food donations.

Food safety is of upmost importance, please learn more about our policies. Thank you for your understanding.

Food Industry Donations

The Food Bank welcomes donations from across the food industry – from large manufacturers and retail distributors to small, locally-owned businesses and grocers. Local food industry donations account for over 25 percent of the food we distribute. Recovering surplus food continues to gain national attention as an easy way to give back, and these donations greatly help us serve the 1 in 4 Alameda County residents who rely on the Food Bank.

Visit this page and click “Get Started Donating Food.” Please provide a description of the items you have for donation (the more detailed, the better!) and let us know if you are able to deliver. For food safety reasons, we cannot accept prepared food (e.g., trays of lasagna, cooked rice, etc.). Products need to be sealed and include ingredients/allergen labels. We accept all types of products, like meat, bread, produce, dairy, ready-to-eat items and more – currently we are seeking dry/shelf stable, canned proteins, and healthy snacks the most.


  • Reduce food waste
    Ensure that all food goes to good use
  • Tax credits for your donation
    Earn tax benefits for your donated goods
  • Reduced storage & disposal costs
    Donations are picked up promptly


  • Food Safety
    Our teams are trained in food safety and hold it as a top priority
  • Donations are protected from liability
    Learn more about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
  • Integrity
    Donations are never sold, traded, or bartered

We seamlessly recover your food donation through two options. Learn more below to determine the best fit for your organization.

Large-Scale Donations

Have a pallet of food or more to donate?


Food Recovery Program

We connect local grocers and retailers with our partner agencies.


bag of groceries

Looking for Food Drives?

Start or find a food drive with your school, office, neighborhood, or religious organization.