Edible Food Donation and Recovery

Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. This is the highest and best use for food that would otherwise go to waste. 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.  Californians send 11.2 billion pounds of food to landfills each year, some of which was still fresh enough to have been recovered to feed people in need. While billions of meals go to waste, millions of Californians don’t have enough to eat. 

To reduce food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025 California will recover 20 percent of edible food that would otherwise be sent to landfills, to feed people in need. The law directs the following:

  • Jurisdictions must establish food recovery programs and strengthen their existing food recovery networks
  • Food donors must arrange to recover the maximum amount of their edible food that would otherwise go to landfills
  • Food recovery organizations and services that participate in SB 1383 must maintain records

Humboldt County Food Pantries and Food Recovery Organizations

The following organizations provide supplemental groceries to households as well as accept donations of edible food:

Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center1333 7th StEureka707-407-3833
Blue Lake Community Resource Center111 Greenwood AveBlue Lake707-668-4281
Carlotta Healthy Start Community Center300 Wilder RoadCarlotta707-768-3860
Cooperation Humboldt840 E Street #16Eureka(707) 599-2951
Eureka Choice Pantry 2112 BroadwayEureka(707) 407-0447
Eureka Rescue Mission-Men’s Program (Meal)110 2nd StEureka707-443-4551
Eureka Rescue Mission-Women & Children’s Program (Meal)107 3rd StEureka707-443-5016
Food For People (Arcata pantry) Trinity Baptist Church2450 Alliance RdArcata707-445-3166
Food For People (Arcata Seniors Pantry)321 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Arcata, CA 95521Arcata707-825-2027
Food For People (Garberville pantry) Community Presbyterian Church437 Maple LaneGarberville707-223-2430
Food For People (Scotia Pantry)143 Main St.Scotia707-764-5239
Food for People (Senior Brown Bag)307 W. 14th StEureka707-445-3166 x 303
Food for People (Willow Creek Pantry)Willow Creek Community Resource Center 38883 Hwy 299Willow Creek(530) 629-3141
Food for People DinsmoreRoute 36 mile marker 42.5Dinsmore(707) 777-1775
Food For People Ferndale Community Church712 Main St.Orick707-786-4475
Food For People Humboldt Senior Resource Center1910 California StEurekaNot available
Food For People Loleta Community Church228 Church St.Loleta707-733-5239 (Resource Center) 707-733-5751 (Church)
Food for People Orick Elementary School120918 Hwy 101Orick(707) 488-2803
Food For People St. Joseph's Pantry Shelf 2292 Newburg RoadFortuna707-725-1148
Fortuna Adventist Community Services - SDA Church2331 Rohnerville RdFortuna 707-725-1166
Hoopa Valley Tribe, Food Distribution Center12479 state hwy 96 Hoopa 95546 Hoopa (530) 625-4646
Humboldt Senior Resource Center/ Dining Center1910 California St.Eureka707-443-9747
Humboldt Senior Resource Center/ Dining Center (Fortuna)Gene Lucas Community Center 3000 Newburg Rd Fortuna707-725-6245
St Joseph Health Loleta Community Resource Center  700 Loleta DriveLoleta707-733-5239
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church425 Shaw Ave.Ferndale707-786-9619
Salvation Army2123 Tydd St.Eureka707-442-6475
Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center344 Humboldt Ave.Redway707-923-1147
Yurok Food Distribution 190 Nelson LaneEureka(707) 464-1852
Abundant Earth Foundation702 Hiller RdArcata808-226-7003
Arcata (Arcata House Partnership Pantry) **501 Ninth StArcata707-633-6236
Arcata Family Resource Center **2400 Baldwin StArcata707-822-4858
Beginnings Incorporated5 Cemetery RdRedway(707) 923-3617 
Bridgeville Community Center **38717 Kneeland RoadBridgeville707-777-1775
Church of the Joyful Healer (Mckinleyville Family Resource Center) **1944 Central Ave (new location)Mckinleyville(707) 840-0905
Food for People Trinidad (Lion's Club Pantry/Town Hall) **409 Trinity St/Town HallTrinidad(707) 677-0223
Humboldt State University "Oh Snap!" **Recreation and Wellness Center Room 122 HSU Campus 1 Harpst StArcata(707) 826-4565
Mattole Valley Resource Center **P.O. Box 191 limitedd from FBMckinleyville707-629-3348
St. Vincent De Paul Society's Free Dining Facility **35 3rd StreetEureka707-445-9588
The Journey Church, Rio Dell Assembly of God **95 Belleview Ave.Mckinleyville707-764-5460
College of the Redwoods Food Pantry **
Eureka(707) 476-4616