SB 1383/Charitable Food Service

SB 1383

SB 1383 is a set of statewide regulatory standards that California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) established to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) and prevent global warming. SLCP, such as methane, are greenhouse gases that trap heat and ultimately make the planet warmer. Global warming causes drought and extreme weather that can lead to a decline in crop yields, and the decline in crop yields results in increasing food prices and food insecurity.

SB 1383 Resources 

SB 1383 Presentation

Assembly Bill No. 1219 Legislation– Legislation as it relates to Food Donation.

CalRecycle Food Recovery Resources– Food Recovery webpage and resources for Tier 1 and Tier 2 facilities.

California Association of Food Banks– Locate a local food bank near you to accept surplus edible food donations.

Information Regarding the Donation of Food to Nonprofit Organizations– This provides a list of regulations and applicable code sections, which may assist any of your donors in education and easing concerns about their liability when donating food.

San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services- Charitable food service webpage and resources.

Safe Surplus Food Donation Toolkit– This is a guide providing information on food donation and best management practices.

Learn How your Facility can Donate Food

Did you know that in the United States 40% of food produced goes uneaten? That is 62.5 million tons of wasted food every year. Meanwhile, there were 42.2 million people, including 13.1 million children, who did not have enough food to lead a healthy, active lifestyle in 2015. While reducing hunger in the US will require addressing the root causes of poverty, donations of wholesome, fresh food can be an important strategy to addressing the immediate needs of millions of Americans.

You can help reduce food loss, and feed those in need by donating your surplus food. Donors are protected under the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (AB 1219).

The benefits of donating surplus food include, but are not limited to: Community investment and support, corporate image, tax incentives, reduced impact on local landfills, the environment, the planet, and strategy to meet state mandates such as AB 1826.

Volunteers and staff who handle food for charitable feeding operations are encouraged to take this Charitable Feeding Operations food safety training module. This free course is intended to train the public on how to keep food safe and prevent the spread of foodborne illness. Training is available in English and Spanish and the course is 22 minutes long. This module will not provide you with a Food Handler Card. Please refer to the Food Handler Training and Test to obtain an official Food Handler Card.  

The purpose of this survey is to learn about current food recovery and food waste reduction efforts and struggles throughout San Bernardino County. Your establishment’s feedback will help us identify barriers and opportunities, and how Public Health can help.

Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operations (LSCFOs)

Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operations (LSCFOs) are charitable operations that provide small-scale/limited food preparation and serving, specifically to feed those in need. If your charitable organization will provide small-scale/limited food preparation and serving, please review the application and documents below.