Food Donations – SB 1383

What is Senate Bill (SB) 1383?

In September 2016, the State set methane emission reduction target for California in Senate Bill 1383​, intended as a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like organic waste) in various sectors of California's economy.

SB 1383 establishes statewide target to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also set a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.

What types of businesses have to comply?


What does my business need to do to comply?

  • Recover Edible Food: Save the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed (e.g. in landfill or compost), so it can be used to feed people instead.
  • ​Contract: Have a contract or written agreement with each food recovery organization or service​ that picks up or receives edible food from your business.
  • Track and Report: Maintain records of type, frequency, and pounds of food recovered each month.

Why recover edible food?

  • Save Food: Californians send over 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste to landfills each year, of which almost 1 million tons are potentially donatable, edible food.
  • Feed People: Over 9 million Californians (23%) don't know where their next meal will come from.
  • Fight Climate Change: Food that ends up in landfills emits greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change.
For more information on SB1383

Donating surplus food from restaurants and other food facilities can be a sustainable and simple way to help local non-profit and charitable organizations serve those in need in our community.