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.
- 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.