SB 1383 Edible Food Donation

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.

Click here for more information regarding the edible food recovery requirements of SB 1383.

  • The law phases food donors in under two tiers. the first tier is required to donate starting in 2022. The second tier is required to donate starting in 2024. Mandated food donors can help their communities now by starting to work with local food banks, food pantries, and other food recovery organizations and services.
  • The regulations require that mandated food donors establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services.
  • The law requires mandated food donors to maintain records of their food donation activities.

Click here for flyers, guides, food bank locator tool, additional resources, and more information on how to set up your SB 1383 compliant edible food recovery program.

PLEASE NOTE: ACI does not participate directly in the edible food recovery program. Please direct any questions regarding the program and its requirements to the City of San Ramon or CalRecycle.


Did You Know?

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, passed in 1996, protects restaurants from civil and criminal liability should a recipient get ill or hurt as a result of consumed donated food. Donors are only culpable in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

Source: www.EPA.gov.