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[New supplies needed!] The Food Shift Kitchen Essential Supplies List






Every week, an abundance of recovered produce finds its way into The Food Shift Kitchen. It’s important that we’re ready to transform surplus food into nutritious products for the community while providing employment for the formerly homeless. Having essential kitchen supplies and everyday ingredients stocked and always on hand allows us to turn out more meals and reduce food waste. 

How you can contribute:

  1. Donate an item (see wishlist below)
  2. Donate $ to cover the cost of an item
  3. Connect Food Shift with people in the restaurant, culinary, or corporate sponsorship world who might be able to support our work


Food Items:

  • Cheese (goat, parmesan, pecorino, cheddar, monterey jack, pepper jack)
  • Tamari
  • Garlic
  • Black Peppercorn
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Polenta
  • Ground Ginger
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Coconut Millk (3 quart cans)

General Items:

  • Small trashcans for trash and recycling
  • Power strips and extension cords
  • 10X10 tarps
  • Label maker
  • Lifting training for our Food Recovery Driver – to prevent injury
  • Back brace for lifting heavy boxes – size medium
  • Digital food scale
  • Funnels
  • Racks for canning
  • Mason jars- 16 and 32 oz, narrow mouth
  • Mason jar rings, narrow mouth
  • Mason jar lids, narrow mouth
  • Clipboards 
  • Black Sharpies
  • Kitchen Timers
  • Food Grade 4 Quart Pitchers
  • Cardstock
  • Picnic Table
  • Outdoor Chairs
  • Cellphone Car Mount (for delivery van)

The following items are hard to source by donations so are always needed:




As we bump up our production we’ll need some larger ticket items including:

We’ve attached links to examples of items, but we are flexible on size & brand and are equally happy to accept both used and new items.

We need some of these items within the next couple weeks, although we’re also interested in developing longer-term relationships with local partners who are inspired by The Food Shift Kitchen vision and who want to be part of making it a success by giving regular donations.

In-person deliveries can be accepted Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at:

The Food Shift Kitchen

677 West Ranger Ave

Alameda, CA 94501 

Email inquiries to: 

Food Shift is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a California non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To make an online contribution, please visit and designate TFSK under “how did you hear about us?” or write a check and make it payable to Earth Island Institute and include TFSK in the memo line. Mail checks to: Food Shift, c/o Earth Island Institute, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704. 

*All donations are tax deductible*

Thank you for supporting this resourceful and collaborative community endeavor!


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