Creating a National Model, Locally

Who Can Participate?

Restaurants & Grocery Stores

The OC health department says “it’s OK!” to donate your excess wholesome food! View this video to hear an endorsement from an Environmental Health Inspector with the OC Health Care Agency.

Am I Allowed to Donate?


Schools are able to donate their excess food to local pantries! The following districts and schools currently partner with Second Harvest Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank, and Waste Not OC to recover their excess food.

Public Schools
Anaheim City School District
Brea Olinda High School
Newport Mesa Unified School District
Orange Unified School District
San Juan Capistrano School District
Fullerton School District
Los Alamitos Unified School District
Irvine Unified School District
Huntington Beach Union High School
Anaheim Union High School District

Private Schools

Cornelia Connelly School
Orange Lutheran High School
The Pegasus School
Sage Hill School
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
St. Anne School
Irvine School District


Not only do hospitals and medical care providers participate by donating excess food but several Orange County hospitals have implemented tour Food Insecurity Screening Questions designed to identify those suffering from food insecurity.

Hospital donors include:

Kaiser Permanente
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Orange County Family Resource Centers
Anaheim Global Medical Center
Saddleback Memorial Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange


OC Health
Anaheim Elementary School District