California Fights Climate Change by Feeding the Hungry. $9.4 Million Awarded to 31 Projects that Feed Californians, Reduce Food Waste

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2018
News Release #2018-02
Media Contact: Lance Klug

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has announced the first award recipients for its new Food 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.”

California Climate Investments logoCalRecycle’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.


Alameda County Waste Management AuthorityAlameda$500,000
Associated Students, Inc.Los Angeles$65,340
City of RiversideRiverside$209,736
City of Santa MonicaLos Angeles$100,000
Food Bank Coalition of SLO CountySan Luis Obispo$100,000
Food Bank for Monterey CountyMonterey$475,072
Food Finders, Inc.Los Angeles$100,000
Food ForwardLos Angeles$500,000
Jesus Provides Our Daily Bread dba Jesus CenterButte$499,789
Joint Venture Silicon Valley NetworkSanta Clara$313,000
Los Angeles Regional Food BankLos Angeles$386,960
ProduceGoodSan Diego$100,000
Re-plate, Inc.Alameda$299,100
San Diego Food System Alliance, a Fiscal Project of Leah’s PantrySan Diego$500,000
St. Francis CenterLos Angeles$100,000
The Midnight MissionLos Angeles$100,000
University of California, MercedMerced$100,000
*Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOCOrange$339,574
White Pony ExpressContra Costa$115,000
Total (FY 2016-2017 Funds)$5,000,000

City of Culver CityLos Angeles$497,144
City of RichmondContra Costa$327,500
Desert MannaSan Bernardino$470,450
El Dorado CountyEl Dorado$277,140
Fresno Metropolitan MinistryFresno$500,000
Imperial Valley Food BankImperial$500,000
Kern CountyKern$191,963
Los Angeles Conservation CorpsLos Angeles$375,206
Peninsula Food RunnersSan Francisco$200,000
Strong Food/L.A. Kitchen, Inc.Los Angeles$389,387
Ventura CountyVentura$499,293
*Waste Not OC Coalition, a Fiscal Project of OneOCOrange$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.

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