The Second Harvest Food Bank has a food donation page, http://www.donatefood.org, which takes mostly unopened food, but they do have a Second Helpings program for leftovers. The sites below I found by calling them directly.
|Charity Name||Phone Number/Address||Contact Name||Dropoff Hours||Pickup Hours||Notes|
|St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room||650-365-9664
3500 Middlefield, Menlo Park (3-4 mi. N of Willow)
|no contact name||8-4 M-S||no pickup||large building at end of parking lot|
|Urban Ministries Food Closet||650-325-3663
All Saints Church, Waverly and Hamilton, Palo Alto
|Mike Soto, 650-324-5359 (coordinates party leftover pickup)||10-3:30 M-F||10-3:30 M-F||Call main number to talk to the manager (different each day), or to see if a given donation is suitable. Will pick up only if leftover food will feed 60 or so people. Advance notice desirable.|
Drop-in center at Red Cross Building near MacArthur Park at the end of University, Palo Alto
|Second Harvest Food Bank||408-266-8866
750 Curtner, San Jose
|Cindy McCowan||7-5 M-F (some Saturdays; call)||7-5 M-F (some Saturdays; call)||Accepts fresh produce, and *unopened* perishables,
bulk items, and frozen items. Items must be within
In mid-November hours will likely be expanded for the holidays -- call.
Large party pickups can be coordinated through the Second Helpings Program (call the Food Bank number).
NOTE: The health department prohibits major organizations from collecting or distributing food that has been out on a tray. Call to see if your donation will be accepted.