Donate Food

Each year, Californians send nearly six million tons of food waste to the landfill, while 1 in 4 people in Silicon Valley is at risk of food insecurity. Donating food redirects edible food that would otherwise go to waste to the thousands of local families in our neighborhoods who don’t have enough to eat.

In addition to meeting the requirements of SB 1383*, partnering with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley offers a range of benefits.

Senate Bill 1383, is a state law designed to reduce the disposal of organic waste in landfills, including food, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat harmful pollution.

SB 1383 places food generators into two tiers:

Tier 1
• Wholesale food vendor
• Food distributor
• Food service provider
• Grocery store or supermarket

Tier 2
• Hotel with an on-site food facility
• Restaurant facility
• Health provider with an on-site food facility
• State agency cafeteria
• Agency with an on-site food facility
• Large venue or event

Questions about SB 1383 compliance? Get in touch with our team today.

Contact Us
Call our Food Sourcing team at 408-266-8866, ext. 102
Send us an email at fooddonor@shfb.org

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Grocery rescue donations

We coordinate scheduled donation pickups or deliveries with local grocery retailers so food close to its expiration date can be distributed to food insecure households instead of going to waste.

How to rescue groceries
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Large-scale food donations

Have a pallet of food or more to donate? Local companies can save money and reduce waste while helping the community. We receive millions of pounds of food from local businesses, which help us feed kids, families and seniors every month.

Make a large-scale donation
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Backyard produce

We are not able to accept backyard produce at this time.

Visit or contact Village Harvest to learn more about their community fruit harvesting programs.

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Prepared foods

While we are not able to accept prepared or catered foods, we can connect you with one of our local partner agencies or direct you to the MealConnect platform.

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Walk-in donations

While we no longer have collection barrels available in the community, Second Harvest is accepting donations of unexpired, nonperishable food at our Cypress, Bing and Curtner warehouses Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All walk-in donations should go through the front office. For any bulk food donations, please contact the Food Sourcing team to coordinate delivery.

• Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
• Canned fruit in juice or water
• Canned vegetables, low or no sodium
• Canned low sodium meals (soup, stew chilis)
• Canned foods with pop-top lids
• Olive or canola oil
• Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
• Low-sugar whole grain cereals
• Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
• Rice and dry beans
• Peanut butter

Questions?
Call our Food Sourcing team at 408-266-8866, ext. 102
Send us an email at fooddonor@shfb.org