40% of food
goes to waste.

49.1 Million Americans are Food Insecure

We’re working to change that.

Our Impact


Pounds of food we're on pace to divert in 2019


Million tons of CO2 emissions we're on pace to prevent in 2019


Partner Donors


Recipient organizations feeding those in need

Ways to Get Involved

Food waste and hunger have gotten out of hand. One in seven people and one in five children is food insecure in Los Angeles county, while wasted food is a major contributor to global warming.

Want to make a difference? Join our community and you’ll make an immediate impact, ensuring excess food goes to people who need it.

We make it simple for you to donate excess food and reduce hunger. Your donation is protected from liability and we help you earn financial incentives.

Your support saves food, feeds people, and reduces the negative effects of greenhouse gases released by food thrown into landfills. Every $20 feeds 75 people.

It's time to change the way we think about food.
join us and be a part of the solution.

What We Do

We work to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste.

For over 13 years our community powered organization has recovered food that would otherwise be thrown away by grocery stores, restaurants, offices and farmers markets and delivered it to organizations that feed the hungry.

We raise awareness about food waste and the negative impact that it has on the environment.

Our community of volunteers, donors and partnering organizations is growing quickly and making a positive difference in the world:


If food waste were a country, it would come in third after the United States and China in terms of impact on global warming.

Why It Matters

The impacts of food waste are catastrophic.

  • 40% of food in the US is thrown into landfills
  • Food thrown into landfills releases methane gas, which is 20 times more harmful than CO2
  • One-Quarter of All Wasted Food Could Feed the 795 Million People Suffering From Hunger Around the World
  • Over 1,000,000 people in Los Angeles are food insecure
  • 25% of our fresh water is used to produce wasted food
  • Food waste in households and restaurants costs an average of $1,600 per year for a family of four in the United States

The future of this planet is in our hands.

How We Do It

Our network of volunteers, donors, and recipients connects excess food with people in need.

We create customized food recovery plans for each donor.

Inedible food is directed into organics recycling and other appropriate facilities, such as composting.

By incorporating new tools, data and analysis we help businesses prevent surplus.

Through collaboration with recipients, we discover exactly what kitchens, shelters, and food banks are able to use.


Volunteer to help us make sure that people get fed - not landfills!

Current Projects

Get involved and make an impact today

All hands on deck!

We’re creating Zero-Waste Zones in food dense areas around the city, like Larchmont Village.

We recruit all businesses in these zones to donate their excess food and rely on volunteers to deliver it. With time, we plan for these green zones to cover the entire city of Los Angeles.

By volunteering, you’ll immediately become a crucial element of this movement!


Our monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on the issues, what we're doing, and how to get involved.

FoodCycle LA helps businesses eliminate food waste and earn tax incentives.

We make it easy.

Our Partners

We're always looking for more people to join our community

We're thankful for every individual, business, and organization in our community. Without their hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t be able to make the progress we have.

We’re always looking for more people to join us and would love to hear from you!

Slowly but surely, we're changing the culture here in Los Angeles and creating lasting systemic change.

We hope you'll join us in this important mission.