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Donate Surplus Crops!

How It Works
We make it easy for you to donate your surplus crops:

1. Call, email, or text us when you have a load.

2. We send a truck – either from our own fleet or a trusted contract shipper.

3. Your donation arrives at food banks that efficiently distribute it through a network of charities.

Farm to Family FAQ
 

Good for Families, Good for Farmers

California grows more fruits and vegetables than any other state – yet for many low-income households, fresh produce is simply out of reach. The California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program bridges this gap.

Farmers, ranchers, packers and shippers throughout California have found Farm to Family to be a meaningful market alternative that helps recoup costs for product that is unmarketable or may otherwise go unused, and supports those in their community who may need a little help. Food allocated to the Farm to Family program helps provide a solution for individuals, families and children to alleviate hunger, and ultimately strengthens communities.

More than 100 farmers participate – join your peers and help make a difference.

Why You Should Participate

Working with Farm to Family is easy and hassle free – transportation and logistics are our strong suit, and our professional team is always just a phone call away. Working with the California Association of Food Banks is more meaningful than other secondary markets – juice, cull, dollar stores – because the food is going to individuals, children and families in your community.

 

Ready to Make a Donation? Want to Learn More?

Please contact Steve Linkhart, Director of Farm to Family, at (510) 350-9916 or at stevelinkhart@cafoodbanks.org 

Experienced staff – Farm to Family has a friendly, efficient team located throughout California and committed to quickly finding a home for your surplus loads.

Trucks – Our own fleet, along with trusted trucking companies, is ready to respond to your requests.

Food banks – Our network of more than 40 California food banks has the equipment, staff and volunteers required to move truckloads of farm produce into communities where it’s needed most.

Food pantries – Member food banks partner with more than 6,000 charities statewide that provide the donated produce in their food programs.


Dave Peri of Peri and Sons Farms, a proud Farm to Family donor.

We work fast – Whether your oversupply is expected far in advance or the result of sudden changes in the market or growing conditions, our staff is 100% committed to finding a home for those extra loads.

Your donation goes locally – We place as much of your donation as we can in your own community first, then distribute any excess to wherever it is most needed.

A 15% tax credit – CAFB led efforts by the anti-hunger and agricultural community to extend and improve the tax incentive for farmers to donate fresh produce to food banks, including raising the credit from 10% to 15% and using the more farmer-friendly wholesale valuation rather than the cumbersome inventoried value.

A stellar reputation – Farm to Family is the nation’s leading produce recovery program. We partner with the California Department of Food & Agriculture and our program is used as a model by Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.

And last but not least... It’s the right thing to do – Farmers know better than anybody about expecting the unexpected – whether it’s a drought or a recession, bad times can hit any of us. Farm to Family is about people helping people, and sharing food is one of the most basic acts of human kindness.

Join Your Peers – Donate Now

More than 100 farmers already participate in Farm to Family (take a look at some of our generous contributors listed below). If you are a grower, rancher or packer interested in feeding your community and positively impacting your bottom line, contact Steve Linkhart, Director of Farm to Family, at (510) 350-9916 or stevelinkhart@cafoodbanks.org.

 

Access Organics Roger Oswalt Produce
Adam BrothersProduce Sales Inc. P & J Estes, Inc.
All State Organics P&T Enterprises
Altar Produce Pacific Agri-Products, Inc
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Pacific Coast Produce
A.V. Thomas Produce Pacific Coast Producers
Awe Sum Organics Pacific Fruit
Beachside Produce Pacific Trellis Fruit, LLC
Bee Sweet Citrus Palm Tree Packing LLC
Bella Vista Produce, Inc. Peri & Sons Farms
Bengard Ranch, Inc. Pinos Produce, Inc
Big E Produce, Inc. Pitman Farms
Billingsley Produce Sales, Inc. Podesta Packing
Blue Jack Farms Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co
Boavista Farms Prestige Produce
Booth Ranches Prima Frutta
Bonita Packing Co., Inc. Prime Time
Boskovich Farms Producers Dairy
B & P Packing Company Progressive Produce, LLC
Bridges Produce, Inc. Quality Fresh Farms
C&E Farms, Inc ReGrained, Inc
Cabot Packing Rivermaid Trading Company
California Food Trading Rockview Dairies Inc.
California Healthy Harvest Rotary First Harvest
California Potato Sales Royal Flavor, LLC
Central West Produce RRS Farms
Challenge Dairy Products, Inc San Joaquin Tomato Growers
Channel Islands Logistics Santa Barbara Farms
Church Brothers LLC Scully Packing Company LLC
Cornucopia Farms International, Inc Select Harvest USA
Country Sweet Produce Sequoia Produce Sales
Crown Jewels Produce Co. Simco Sales, Inc.
Crystal Creamery Southland Cooling
Curation Foods, Inc SunFed Produce, LLC
Dairy Farmers of America Sunkist Growers, Inc
David J Elliot & Sons Sunrise Kiwi Packing
Dayka and Hackett, LLC SunWest Fruit Company
Deardorff Family Farms T D Produce Sales
Del Mar Packing LLC TDS Commodities, LLC
Del Monte Foods, Inc. Talley Farms, Inc.
Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. Terranova Ranch, Inc
Devine Organic The Players Sales Inc.
DFI Marketing The Produce Exchange Incorporated
Diestel Turkey Ranch TheVegBoss, LLC
Doc's Organics, LLC Vanguard Direct LLC
Durant Distributing Inc. Doreva Produce Company, Inc
Driscoll’s Driftwood Dairy, Inc
Durant Distributing Inc. Dwelley Farms
Dynasty Farms Earthbound Farms
EpicVeg ERA Fresh, LLC
Varsity Produce Sales, Inc Fidelity Melon
Venida Packing Company Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association
Van Groningen & Sons Foster Farms
Vessey and Company Fowler Packing Company
Western Onion Freska Produce International
Western Veg-Produce George Amaral Ranches, Inc
Windset Farms Gillette Citrus, Inc.
Wonderful Citrus Cooperative Good Source Solutions, Inc.
Zacky Farms Gourmet Trading Company
Zada Fresh Farms Grand Food Inc
Great Northern Services Green Garden Produce LLC
Greene & Hemly Harvest Meat Company
Grimmway Farms Harris Fresh
Hidden Villa Ranch HMC Farms
Hokto Kinoko Company Horizon Farms
Houweling Nurseries Oxnard Inc Imperial Sales
Index Fresh, Inc J&J Snack Foods Corp of CA
Keystone Fruit & Vegetable Co., Inc. Kirschenman Enterprises
L & M Companies LA Foods
Laguna Produce Sales Lakeside Organic Gardens
Legend Produce, LLC Lundberg Family Farms
M. Caratan, Inc. dba Columbine Vineyards Mann Packing Company, Inc.
Manna Foods, Inc Mazzei-Franconi Co., LLC
Monterey Mushroom Morada Produce
Mulholland Citrus Packing Neil Bassetti Farms LLC
Ocean Mist Farms Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc
Olivera Egg Ranch, LLC Onions ETC

If you’re an individual with extra "backyard produce" or a farmer with a few pallets to donate, please contact your local food bank directly.

 

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