Edible food recovery

Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, the City of Carlsbad will be developing an edible food recovery program to support local businesses and suppliers to manage their surplus of edible food – ensuring it will go to food banks, soup kitchens and other food recovery organizations and services to help feed local community members in need.

Edible food includes but is not limited to: 

  •  Prepared foods
  •  Packaged foods
  •  Produce 

Food can often go unsold due to oversupply, size, appearance, labels or age. Often this food is still edible and can be redistributed. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use for surplus food and a vital way for California to conserve resources and reduce waste thrown in landfills.