Edible Food Recovery Program

Edible Food Recovery Program
Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, the County of El Dorado will be developing a food recovery program to support local businesses and suppliers to manage their surplus of edible food - ensuring it will go to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery organizations and services to help feed local community members in need.

Edible Food includes but is not limited to:
  • Prepared foods
  • Packaged foods
  • Produce
Food can often go unsold due to oversupply, size, appearance, labels, or age. Often this food is still edible and can be redistributed. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use for surplus food and a vital way for California to conserve resources and reduce waste thrown in landfills.

There is detailed information and requirements available on the El Dorado County program page for Tier 1 and Tier 2 commercial edible food generators at the link below.

For more information about the El Dorado County program, please click here.
For more information from Cal Recycle, please click here.

Where can I donate my food?
Food Recovery Services & Organizations in the El Dorado County Area:

Food Bank of El Dorado County
4550 Business Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 621-9950

Placer Food Bank
8284 Industrial Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 783-0481

To find other local food banks, please visit California Association of Food Banks.