Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition
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Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition



Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California, from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Since 1987, the REFB has been helping our neighbors in need and currently operates 12 innovative programs under three strategic initiatives – Every Child, Every Day; Senior Security; and the Neighborhood Hunger Network.


ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem.

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC works to make America’s food system more efficient and less wasteful. We help cities redirect surplus food to people in need. We inspire consumers to waste less food at home and equip them with the strategies to make it happen. We push the food industry and the federal government to put an end to confusing date labels and adopt other waste-reducing policies. And we work with communities, businesses, and policy makers to support the prevention of food waste, the rescue of surplus food, and the composting of food scraps across the supply chain. 


Founded in 1996, the Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition (BayROC) is a collaboration between staff representing over 40 San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and other public agencies working together on waste reduction and buy-recycled concepts through a variety of media campaigns which promote personal action and behavior change. BayROC’s cities and counties collectively create outreach campaigns to avoid duplication and spread the message of the campaigns over a wider area and audience, so the campaign messaging can be heard at home and at work.  

For Food Recovery Programs

Comprehensive Resource for Food Recovery Programs. Revised April 2016

Thorough and straightforward. California and local laws and regulations may vary somewhat.

Gleaning Toolkit

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for organized gleaning efforts.

For Consumers/Households

The FoodKeeper App

Brought to you by USDA Food Safety and Cornell University, this application provides information for consumers on proper conditions and duration of food storage. It doesn’t really work very well. And some of the recommendations seem a bit extreme.

Waste Not, Want Not

A short article with ten suggestions aimed at households beginning to take action on food waste.

Stop Food Waste

Offers four downloads which can assist in improving meal planning and food storage to reduce waste.

Environmental Protection Agency: Food Too Good to Waste

In spite of federal constraints on many agencies, this comprehensive backgrounder and consumer resource is intact, though apparently not recently updated.

General, Background, and Policy

Leftovers for Livestock

Extensive information. Federal and state by state laws.

Further With Food (Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions)

Compendium of resources, sortable by topic and audience.

Save the Food Media Kit

The Ad Council, in cooperation with the National Resources Defense Council,  offers all kinds of video clips, images and other materials for food waste campaigns.

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