If you are an individual or a business, the first and best option is to donate edible food to feed people who may otherwise go hungry. However, if the food is inedible (e.g., moldy or rancid), it may be better to compost it instead.

Do you have more produce than you can eat, for example, an over-abundant fruit tree? Invite a team of volunteers to glean on your property - not only will you be preventing food from going to waste, that food can also feed people who might be food-insecure! Gleaning means to harvest leftover or unwanted food from a tree, field, or farm. Please see below for locations and organizations that would be willing to accept food donations or send out a gleaning team.

Please note that state law SB 1383 will require businesses and other commercial entities to donate edible food to feed hungry people starting in 2022.

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Location pin Conservation Corps North Bay

365 Blodgett St
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesPickup: food (all kinds). Please call first

Location pin Farm to Pantry

NotesPickup: whole produce and non-prepared foods only. Coordinates gleaning at farms, home gardens, and backyard trees in northern Sonoma County.

Location pin Food for Thought

6550 Railroad Ave
Forestville, CA 95436

NotesDrop-off: whole/cut produce, meat, dairy, deli foods, bread, and commercially prepared foods still in their original packaging & other commercially prepared foods. No expired foods.

Location pin Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)

18330 Sonoma Hwy
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesDrop-off: canned goods, dried goods and produce; call first.

Location pin Petaluma Bounty

NotesPickup: coordinates gleaning services in southern Sonoma County.

Location pin Redwood Empire Food Bank

3990 Brickway Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesDrop-off: canned goods, dried goods and produce. See website for instructions.

Location pin Redwood Gospel Mission Food Recovery

101 6th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesDrop-off: canned goods, dried goods and produce; call first.

Location pin Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition (SCFRC)

NotesDatabase of local food recovery and distribution resources. The Food Distribution Directory connects people with opportunities to donate perishable food to people in need.

Location pin SONOMA Food Runners

NotesPickup: food (all kinds) from events, farms, food producers, grocers, caterers, farmers' markets and restaurants to feed local hungry people. Tax receipts issued upon request.

Location pin St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County Food Donation

610 Wilson St (entrance on 7th)
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesDrop-off: fresh food, dried and canned goods; call first.