California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry

$9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste 

Media Contact: Lance Klug
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SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its newFood Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program. As part of California’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31 projects throughout the state that:

  • Decrease the estimated 6 million tons of food waste landfilled in California each year, and
  • Increase the state’s capacity to collect, transport, store, and distribute more food for the roughly 1 in 8 Californians who are food insecure.

When sent to landfills, food and other organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a heat-trapping effect at least 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span. 

“Bolstering California’s food recovery infrastructure will help feed communities in need, create new jobs, and result in significant greenhouse gas reductions,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Our hope is that these programs will inspire similar efforts throughout California.”

CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

To be eligible for grant funding, projects must be located in California; result in permanent, annual, and measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; and increase the quantity of California-generated food materials prevented, reduced, or rescued from disposal. Note: Many of the following grant recipients serve multiple counties.

Here is a list of the grant funding recipients:

  • Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Alameda County: $500,00
  • Associated Students, Inc., Los Angeles County: $65,340
  • City of Riverside, Riverside County: $209,736
  • City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, $100,000
  • Cityteam-Oakland, Alameda County: $96,429
  • Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, San Luis Obispo County: $100,000
  • Food Bank for Monterey County, Monterey County: $475,072
  • Food Finders, Inc., Los Angeles County: $100,000
  • Food Forward, Los Angeles County: $500,000
  • Jesus Provides Our Daily Bread dba Jesus Center, Butte County: $499,789
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, Santa Clara County: $313,000
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles County: $386,960
  • ProduceGood, San Diego County: $100,000
  • Re-plate, Inc., Alameda County: $299,100
  • San Diego Food System Alliance, a Fiscal Project of Leah’s Pantry, San Diego County: $500,000
  • St. Francis Center, Los Angeles County: $100,000
  • The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles County: $100,000
  • University of California, Merced, Merced County: $100,000
  • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Merced County: $339,574
  • White Pony Express, Contra Costa County: $115,000

Total (FY 2016-2017 Funds): $5,000,000

  • City of Culver City, Los Angeles County: $497,144
  • City of Richmond, Contra Costa County: $327,500
  • Desert Manna, San Bernardino County: $470,450
  • El Dorado County: $277,140
  • Fresno Metropolitan Ministry, Fresno County: $500,000
  • Imperial Valley Food Bank, Imperial County: $500,000
  • Kern County: $191,963
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles County: $375,206
  • Peninsula Food Runners, San Francisco County: $200,000
  • Strong Food/L.A. Kitchen, Inc., Los Angeles County: $389,387
  • Ventura County: $499,293
  • *Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOC,Orange County: $160,426

Total (FY 2017-2018 Funds): $4,388,509

*Project funded with combination of FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 allocations


Eligible applicants for CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program include cities, counties, and other local agencies; businesses; California universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; and qualifying Indian Tribes. Applicants may submit cooperative or regional applications with no more than four participants to achieve food recovery projections. 

Find out more about CalRecycle’s California Climate Investments grants and loans and read stories from other grant recipients about how they’re putting Cap-and-Trade dollars to work for California’s economy, environment, and the health of our communities.

— Lance Klug
Posted on Feb 1, 2018

Summary: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its newFood Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program.