Stopping Food Waste and Ending Hunger!

What is Food Waste?


Safe, quality foods produced for people to eat that is thrown away rather than eaten. Every year, approximately 40% of our produced foods goes to waste. Food is the largest component of many landfills.


Getting Food from Farm to Fork.


The Grocery Rescue Program was born out of the desire to get these quality foods into the hands of those who need it and keep it from adding to our waste stream.


St. Joseph’s Family Center is proud to partner with 10 local retailers in the South County to receive their unsold, high quality foods. Our team of trained employees and volunteers process these donations daily and redirect them to the financially stressed families we serve. Last year SJFC received and processed over 1 million pounds of food items!



In this crucial time when the number of people in need of food assistance has tripled here due to the pandemic, the Grocery Rescue Program is needed more than ever.


The future is looking bright!


California has adopted new legislation that will help in the efforts to curb food waste and promote food recovery. The new incentives and legislation will have a positive impact on the health of our population and the health of our environment!


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