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Santa Barbara County Food Rescue : a CEC program

What kind of food may be donated?

Food that is fit for human consumption, including:

  • prepared food from catering companies, restaurants, and cafeterias Please safely cool hot prepared food before donating
  • whole fruits and vegetables
  • uncooked meat
  • dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • canned, bottled, or packaged dried goods such as beans, tomatoes, and rice
  • baked goods such as pastries, desserts, or bread

Why donate surplus food?

  • When food is wasted, money is wasted.
  • Receive federal tax incentives for donated food.
  • Reduce the cost to haul away food waste.
  • Feed community members in need.
  • Increase community engagement and positive publicity.
  • Divert waste from landfills.
  • Comply with SB 1383 and AB 1826.
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