HAVE SURPLUS FOOD?

Join hundreds of other businesses partnering with FoodCycle to donate their excess edible food.

BENEFITS OF DONATING

SB 1383 requires that Tier 1 businesses donate rather than discard edible food. Tier 2 businesses will need to donate beginning in 2024.
Your donations are tracked. They may be eligible for enhanced tax savings through IRC Section 170(e)(3). We make the pickups seamless and they’re always free!
You’ll feed people, not landfills. We work hard to build a strong network of receiving agencies that serve the 1,683,000 food insecure Angelenos.

Help fight climate change – food thrown into landfills emits
greenhouse gases and is a significant contributor to global warming.

FOODCYCLE HAS PARTNERED WITH THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO PROVIDE HELP FOR BUSINESSES WITH EXCESS EDIBLE FOOD.

Beginning in January of 2022, food service providers, distributors and those in any industry falling under the Tier 1 category became responsible for reducing organic material disposal as outlined by the law. By January 1, 2024, Tier 2 businesses will also be accountable.

Inspections of Tier 1 businesses are now beginning.

WE MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU TO COMPLY

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We work with hundreds of different donors of all sizes – from small donations to pallet level.

At FoodCycle we believe in the power of food to heal individuals and communities.

CONCERNED ABOUT LIABILITY?

NOT ONLY ARE THERE TWO LAWS PROTECTING YOU, BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND CITY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DONATE THIS FOOD!

TOWARDS ZERO WASTE PROGRAM

FoodCycle is partnered with Winnow Solutions to create the first of its kind pilot program in Southern California to prevent commercial kitchen food waste and help businesses like yours comply with federal regulations and save money.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

We’ll make it simple for you to donate – whether it’s one time, or weekly.

FoodCycle has partnered with Los Angeles Department of Sanitation and Environment to help businesses comply with SB 1383

  • We’ll help make sure that you are prepared for upcoming inspections by providing you with a compliant contract, access to records of weights, and training staff members around food safety for donations and how to maintain a program that will meet the new requirements
  • FoodCycle will provide you with tax receipts at the end of the year so that you can receive credit for your donations
  • Our drivers receive food safety training and donating to us ensures that you are protected from liability

JOIN HUNDREDS OF BUSINESSES THAT TRUST FOODCYCLE!

How do I sign up?

Click here to sign up to be a Food Donor.

Is it free to donate?

Always!

What can I donate?

We accept all types of food for recovery – anything that’s edible, we can deliver safely to people in need.

We are also able to recover inedible food and bring to appropriate food recycling facilities, such as composting.

Essentially, we can work with you to ensure none of your food goes to the landfill!

Who can donate?

Any business or organization is eligible to donate; this includes grocery stores, farmers markets, offices/companies, restaurants, organizations running an event, and more. Contact us if you’re unsure if you qualify!

Can an individual donate?
No, only organizations responsible for safe food handling.
Am I liable?

NO! There is no available public record of anyone in the United States being sued ― or having to pay damages ― because of harms related to donated food according to Nicole Civita, University of Arkansas School of Law

The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and California’s own Good Samaritan Act provides donors with liability protection providing the donor is certain the food has been handled safely and in accordance with state and local food handling guidelines.

FoodCycle LA also provide all drivers with food recovery materials that insure the safe donation of your excess food to a food pantry while checking the critical time and temperatures.

How do I receive tax incentives?

We track every donation and provide receipts, which can be used for tax breaks per IRC Section 170(e)(3).

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?

No!

What if I am an event with extra food?
If you’re a part of the organization running the event, sign up as a food donor in Careit and send out a pickup request! If you’re an individual attending, try to find a representative of the event and tell them about us! We can only accept donations from organizations responsible for handling food.

DONATE FOOD SIGNUP

WE PROUDLY PARTNER WITH LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENT TO INCREASE FOOD DIVERSION IN LOS ANGELES.

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