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Our Approach

Food Shift is dedicated

to building a just and sustainable food system

Trimming waste and diverting food loss conserves natural resources, combats climate change, cultivates more sustainable communities and can create jobs while feeding the hungry.

Food Shift works with communities, businesses and government to shift behaviors toward a more sustainable use of food. Our programs increase awareness and action around food waste reduction; decrease the amount of edible food rotting in the landfill; and create jobs in the food recovery sector.


Food Shift is more than a food recovery organization. We are shifting the problem of wasted food into a solution by developing sustainable solutions that address systemic issues behind food waste and hunger. Through collaborative programsonline resourcesspeaking engagements and recovery services, we provide guidance and promote food waste reduction as a strategy to benefit the community, save money, and alleviate strain on the environment.

Each and every one of us can be part of the solution.

Awareness and Action

understanding the environmental, social and economic impacts of food waste

Americans throw away an estimated 25% of the food they bring home— enough to fill a 90,000-seat football stadium every day.

Wasteful food habits are expensive and harmful to the environment. Food Shift helps you shift your behaviors toward a more sustainable use of food.

Our Food Waste Awareness and Action Campaign educates and engages consumers around the economic, social, and environmental impacts of food waste.By reducing food waste, you will divert valuable nutrients to the hungry, reduce harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and save money.

Learn more about the problem of wasted food and resources (link coming soon) to help save money and landfill.

Tailored solutions

finding the best way to reduce food waste in your home and business

There is no one-size-fits all solution to ending food waste. It’s a complex problem happening at all levels of the food chain from production, processing, retail and in our homes. That’s why we work with businesses, organizations, schools and policy makers to reduce food loss in ways that work best for each particular situation, region and community.

We help schools reduce wasted food at the school level by rescuing and distributing it to students and local community members in need. We help connect organizations in need of surplus food with businesses, events, and farmer’s with excess food to share. We work with businesses to create food recovery and food waste education programs for their staff, clients and events.

Learn more about our Oakland school program. Contact us to find out how we can help you reduce food waste.

A new way to do business

shifting food waste into jobs

35 years ago there were 400 food assistance organizations; now there are more than 40,000. Yet hunger and food waste are more heightened than ever before. Meanwhile, Oakland unemployment rates are close to 20%.

At Food Shift, we see the potential of food recovery to address the systemic problems behind hunger and food assistance: poverty and unemployment. By partnering with social service organizations to train and employ individuals overcoming difficult life circumstances, such as incarceration, addiction and homelessness, a compensated food recovery sector can create jobs for people who need them while reducing waste.

Food Shift is determined to establish food recovery as an essential component of a just and sustainable food system and a valued service within the green economy.

We believe we can employ those who need it the most while tackling the problem of food waste. Food Shift is challenging the outdated and fundamentally flawed traditional food recovery systems and reimagining how we can more effectively utilize human potential and food.

Contact us if you would like to support green jobs by hiring Food Shift to collect and redistribute your business’ excess food.

A Note from Food Shift on COVID-19

An update on Food Shift's response to COVID-19: for the people, by the people, and with the people.