Food Rescue

Our food rescue programs saved 450,000 pounds of food from going to waste!

Food rescue, also called food recovery or food salvage, is gathering edible food that would otherwise go to waste from places such as restaurants, grocery stores, farm fields, or dining facilities, and distributing it to those in need.

The City of Riverside and the Riverside Food Coop teamed up to create the Riverside Food Rescue program, thanks to a grant from CalRecycle.


Gleaners harvest foods that would otherwise be left in the field to go to waste.

Food Donation to Emergency Food Programs

The Riverside Food Rescue Program picks up leftover food from local food facilities and redistributes it to agencies that offer hunger relief, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. 

For information about becoming a food donor or recipient organization, please contact:

Refrigerated Van

Food Donation Sites

Food Pantry (951) 689-5620 9000 Arlington Ave., Riverside
Mon., Tues. 10 am - 3 pm Weds, Thurs 10 am - 1 pm Has refrigerators and freezers. SPONSOR
Food Pantry (951) 686-6266 4366 Bermuda Ave., Riverside
Monday and Wednesday 8 - 11 am Call for appointment to deliver food items. SPONSOR
Food Distribution Center (951) 359-4757 2950 Jefferson St., Suite B, Riverside
Food distribution to non-profits. Has refrigerators and freezers. Call to arrange donation delivery. SPONSOR
Food Pantry (951) 922-2305 53 South 6th St., Banning
Monday - Thursday • 9 am - 12 pm Seasonal produce accepted. SPONSOR
Food Bank 2205 S Artesia St, San Bernardino
Open 7 days • 7 am - 12 pm Clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, packaged food, fresh produce SPONSOR
Food Pantry (909) 353-7890
Food Pantry, Meal Kitchen (909) 889-2558 641 N. Roberds Ave., San Bernardino
Please call before delivery. SPONSOR
Food Pantry (951) 687-8146 5250 Central Ave, Riverside, (Central & Streeter)
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday • 10 am - noon Has refrigerators, call for after hours deliveries SPONSOR
Food Pantry (951) 689-3674 4824 Jones Ave. , Riverside
Accepts donations weekdays, call to arrange delivery. SPONSOR
Food Pantry, Meal Kitchen (909) 322-8572 26200 Date St, Highland
Tuesday - Saturday • 8 am - 2 pm Please call before delivery. SPONSOR
Food Pantry, Meal Kitchen (951) 684-7532 2911 Ninth St., Riverside
Weekdays 8:30 am - 4 pm Contact Kathy Price SPONSOR
Food Pantry (951) 929-1101 191 So. Columbia St., Hemet
Monday-Thursday • 8:00 am - 1 pm Friday 8 am - 12 pm Please call before delivery. SPONSOR

Chow Match

The ChowMatch app is available for food donors to submit a request for food pick-ups or fruit gleaning. After the request is sent, the Riverside Food Co-op will send a food runner to pick up food for redistribution to a hunger relief organization.

Want to get involved in preventing food waste and help alleviate food insecurity? Become a donor. The food we pick up can be frozen, ready to eat, fresh produce, or packaged. Benefits for participating in the Food Rescue Program include tax deductions, recognition and waste reduction!

Food Ambassadors

The Riverside Food Rescue and Waste Reduction Ambassador program is a free, 40-hour certificate program that includes five workshops followed by a community-based project. Workshops include 20 hours of lecture with industry guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on experience. Participants also complete 20 hours of volunteer work or a project pertaining to food rescue and waste reduction.  Activities might include:

For more information about the Food Ambassador Certification Program or food salvage, please contact:

Emergency Food Boxes

During 2020, USDA contracted with RUSD’s Food Hub to purchase and distribute produce for the Farmers to Families Food Box program. The contract provided funding to purchase from local farmers, for packing the boxes, and for distributing the boxes to food pantries, churches, food banks, and other non-profits that are doing food access work.