Donating Food

This page is an evolving resource for people who want to see leftover food in hungry people's stomachs rather than in landfills. If you discover that any of the following information is wrong, please contact me and let me know.

The Second Harvest Food Bank has a food donation page,, which takes mostly unopened food, but they do have a Second Helpings program for leftovers. The sites below I found by calling them directly.
Food Donation Resource List
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.
Meals Program 650-325-3663
Drop-in center at Red Cross Building near MacArthur Park at the end of University, Palo Alto
Mike Soto ? ? ?
Second Harvest Food Bank 408-266-8866
750 Curtner, San Jose

1051 Bing St., San Carlos

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 freshness date.
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.

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