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Edible Food Recovery Program

California Senate Bill 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) and the Senate Bill 1383 regulations adopted by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (“CalRecycle”) require certain commercial edible food generators to arrange to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed (e.g., a food generator might enter into an agreement with a food recovery organization to pick-up edible food that would otherwise be thrown away).

Commercial edible food generators subject to Senate Bill 1383 are divided into two tiers – one and two – each with a different compliance deadline. In general, CalRecycle considers tier one as having more produce, fresh grocery, and shelf-stable foods to donate and tier two as having more prepared foods to donate, which often require more careful handling to meet food safety requirements.

Tier 1 (January 1, 2022 deadline)
Food Distributors
Food Service Providers
Grocery stores greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet
Supermarkets
Wholesale food vendors
Tier 2 (January 1, 2024 deadline)
Health facilities with on-site food facility and 100 or more beds
Hotels with on-site food facility and 200 or more rooms
Large venues and events
Local education agencies with on-site food facility
Restaurant facilities greater than or equal to 5,000 square feet or 250 or more seats
State agency cafeterias greater than or equal to 5,000 square feet or 250 or more seats

Senate Bill 1383 requires all cities, counties, and special districts that provide solid waste collection services to implement an edible food recovery program including, at a minimum, all of the following:

For additional information on the City’s Edible Food Recovery Program, please contact the Planning & Environmental Services Department at (949) 639-0500 or via our online contact form.

List of Food Recovery Organizations and Food Recovery Services

Last Updated: December 2021

Name: Saddleback Church
Address: 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630*
Telephone Number: (949) 609-8574
Collection Service Area: Unrestricted
Type of Food Accepted for Food Recovery: Produce, shelf-stable, grocery with refrigeration, baked goods, protein – no prepared foods
Entity Type per Senate Bill 1383: Food Recovery Organization
* Saddleback Church provides food distribution services at the Laguna Country United Methodist Church, 24442 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.

Name: Lutheran Church of the Cross
Address: 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Collection Service Area: Unrestricted
Telephone Number: (949) 837-4673
Type of Food Accepted for Food Recovery: Shelf-stable items, fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods
Entity Type per Senate Bill 1383: Food Recovery Organization

Edible Food Recovery Services Partner

Abound Food Care, a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC, provides certain edible food recovery program services to support the City’s Senate Bill 1383 compliance efforts.