Under Senate Bill 1383, edible food generators (EFGs) such as food wholesalers, supermarkets, and restaurants, must donate surplus food to be recovered for human consumption. This increased donation necessitates expanded capacity at food recovery organizations (FROs), food recovery services (FRSs), food pantries and feeding sites in order to receive and manage the additional food. Additionally, large edible food donations can be challenging for non-profits to accept and redistribute in manageable quantities. Practices for safe food handling and proper disposal of food waste must be implemented. To meet existing and future requirements, coordinated efforts that allow for collaborative solutions for additional resources to collect, transport, and store surplus food are needed.
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) seeks to award funding to assist in the development of food recovery hubs (Hubs) that will expand regional food recovery efforts to recover additional surplus food for distribution and/or redistribution to smaller organizations and community members facing food insecurity.
The SGVCOG anticipates developing 1-3 surplus food redistribution Hubs. The objective is to facilitate recovery of food from EFGs in the participating cities, and provide food to people who live in, and nearby, those cities. Ultimately the entire region would have access to the Hubs, either upon launch or future expansion, with increased development of networks that redistribute surplus food throughout the San Gabriel Valley (SGV).
The cities participating in the Hub project are grouped into the following regions:
Region 1: La Cañada-Flintridge, Monterey Park and San Gabriel
Region 2: Baldwin Park, Duarte, Irwindale, and Monrovia
Region 3: Azusa, Covina and Glendora
Additional cities may join in the near future.