Food Scraps

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Donate unused food to any of these local food banks:

Calvary First Assembly of God
8407 Kelley Dr, Stockton, CA 95209 | (209) 952-4734
Map & Directions
Canned and packaged goods. Have a big freezer. Can do pick-ups of a few boxes of food.

Emergency Food Bank
7 W Scotts Ave, Stockton, CA 95203 | (209) 464-7369
Map & Directions
Canned meats and soups, pastas. Any type that is edible. Also need plastic grocery bags or paper to donate food.

Garden Acres Community Center
607 Bird Ave, Stockton, CA 95215 | (209) 468-3984
Map & Directions
Accept food, canned goods, frozen items and breads. Non-perishables. Limited refrigeration. Greater need near the holidays.

Northeast Community Center
2885 E Harding Way, Stockton, CA 95205 | (209) 468-3918
Map & Directions
Canned foods, produce, meats, chicken, cold/ frozen food. 3 or more boxes needed for pick-up.

St. Mary’s Dining Hall
545 W Sonora St, Stockton, CA 95203 | (209) 467-0703
Map & Directions
One box to a pallet. Canned goods, day old bread, etc.

Ways to Reduce


Avoid Food Waste

Be strategic about how you store and eat your produce. Vegetarian Times provides a great explanation of why some veggies and fruit go bad before others, and offers a handy chart to help you plan your week.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Create a Detailed Meal Plan

One way to reduce food waste is to create a detailed meal plan for the week and build a shopping list around that meal plan. This better ensures everything will get consumed. Check out this meal planner from


How You Store It

The shelves, drawers and doors of your refrigerator are designed to hold different types of foods. When food is stored as intended, it will last longer and save you an extra trip to the store. Learn more about proper fridge organization.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to a Food Bank

Consider donating unused food to families in need. Food banks generally accept these items: non-perishable proteins, kids’ snacks, traditional holiday food, condiments and spices, personal hygiene products, as well as baby food, formula and diapers.

Did You Know?

The Impact of Food Waste

According to this PDF fact sheet by the NRDC, the United States invests much of its natural resources on growing food: 50 percent of land and 80 percent of fresh water in the United States is used for agriculture. Meanwhile, 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, and 41 million Americans live in food-insecure households.

I Value Food: A Campaign to End Food Waste

The Perfect Compost Recipe

Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster?

Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.