SB 1383 Food Donation

One of the main goals of SB 1383 is to ensure that edible food is not wasted and is instead collected and redistributed to feed people in need.

Edible food is defined as food that is intended for people to eat. Edible food includes, but is not limited to, prepared foods, packaged foods, and produce. All edible food must meet the food safety requirements of the California Retail Food Code.

A commercial edible food generator (CEFG) is a food business that is mandated to donate edible food under SB 1383.

A food recovery organization is an entity that engages in the collection or receipt of edible food from commercial edible food generators and distributes that edible food to the public for food recovery either directly or through other entities.

A food recovery service is a person or entity that collects and transports edible food from a commercial edible food generator to a food recovery organization or other entities for food recovery.

Under SB 1383, certain large commercial edible food generators are required to donate their excess edible food to food recovery agencies. These businesses will be notified by the City. Other food generating businesses are not excluded from donating, but it is not required.

Commercial edible food generators (CEFGs) must donate all edible food that is fit for human consumption, establish written agreements with a food recovery organization or service, and keep all necessary records on site. The PDF below provides a full overview of the requirements.

Edible Food Donation Requirements & Recordkeeping Requirements Checklist

CalRecycle developed a Model Food Recovery agreement which can be found on their website.

SB 1383 and Pasadena Municipal Code Chapter 8.66 require all CEFGs to donate surplus edible food, but they do not require food recovery organizations and services to participate. Each food recovery organization and service can decide if they would like to receive food from mandated Tier 1 and Tier 2 food donors.

Food recovery organizations and services that have a contract or written agreement with a mandated food donor are required to maintain records of the food they receive from each mandated food donor. These food recovery organizations and services must also report the total pounds collected in the previous calendar year to the jurisdiction where their primary address is physically located. The PDF below provides a full overview of the requirements.

Food Recovery Requirements & Recordkeeping Requirements Checklist

CalRecycle developed a Model Food Recovery agreement which can be found on their website.

Pasadena and the surrounding area are home to many food recovery organizations and services. Donors should contact organizations directly to verify what they can and cannot accept.

NameAddressContact Information
First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena3700 E Sierra Madre Blvd

(626) 351-9631

Foothill Unity Center191 N Oak Ave

(626) 584-7420

Friends In Deed444 E Washington Blvd

(626) 797-2402 x106

Impact1680 N Fair Oaks Ave

(626) 798-0884

Mano a Mano Pantry – Pasadena Community Job Center500 N Lake Ave(626) 440-0112
Pasadena City College Lancer Pantry1570 E Colorado Blvd, R-125

(626) 585-7264

Saint Andrew Church140 Chestnut St

(626) 792-4183

Salvation Army ARC - Pasadena86 Waverly Dr

(626) 795-8075

Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle Corps960 E Walnut St

(626) 773-4404 / (626) 529-0503

Union Station Homeless Services825 E Orange Grove Blvd

(626) 791-6602

For more information about each organization, please review the PDF below.

Food Recovery Organizations and Services

Donor Protections

Donors often worry that they will be held legally responsible if recipients of donated food become ill, and this fear may discourage them from donating. However, there are a number of federal and California laws that protect food donors from liability. For more information about donor protections, please review the PDF below.

Food Donor Protections

Donation Guidelines

To ensure your donation meets industry standards, please verify the following:

  • Donated food will be from an approved source such as a restaurant, hotel, food distributor, etc.
  • Donated food from individuals should be uncooked and pre-packaged
  • The organization receiving food has a public health permit. If the organization does not have a health permit, the food will need to be served and consumed immediately.
  • Donated food adheres to proper temperature requirements. Cold foods are required to be stored at 41 ̊F or below and hot foods should be stored at 135 ̊F or above.
  • Donated food is free of any contamination

More information concerning proper food donation guidelines can be found here.

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