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As we invest and plan for the future of The SF Market, we continue to focus our efforts on increasing the impact of our programs, which include: maximizing food recovery and increasing access to healthy food, leading educational tours, creating and linking job opportunities, connecting with local farmers, and supporting healthy retail and food policy efforts.


Food Recovery PROGRAM

Each day we connect surplus healthy food to communities throughout the Bay Area. Food Recovery is a vital part of a thriving food system. Here’s how:

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Improves Healthy Food Access

Food recovery connects our Bay Area neighbors with fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and prepared meals increasing access to healthy food throughout our region.

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Saves Money for Merchants

Like small businesses throughout the food system, our family-owned merchant businesses operate on narrow margins. Food recovery saves them money on waste disposal fees.

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Reduces Environmental Impact

Food waste is a significant contributor to global warming. When food is thrown away, the resources used to grow that food are also wasted. Food Recovery makes sure good food gets eaten.

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A Collective Effort

We couldn’t do it without partners like Bayview Senior Services, the SF-Marin Food Bank, and the many more nonprofits and grassroots organizations who pick up food and deliver it to their communities every day. See our website for our list of partners:


Food Recovery Community Partners 

Bayview Senior Services/Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, Catholic Charities, City Impact, City of Dreams, Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals, Episcopal Community Services, Food Runners, Food Shift Kitchen, Fraternite Notre Dame, Free the Need, Ida B. Wells High School – Heat of the Kitchen Program, Little Sisters of the Poor, Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, SF-Marin Food Bank, Thurgood Marshall High School - Culinary Arts Class, Turn On To America, United Council of Human Services/Mother Brown’s Dining Room, University of San Francisco's Chapter of Food Recovery Network 

Food Recovery Merchant Partners 

Arcadio’s Produce, Berti Produce, Cooks Company, Earl’s Organic Produce, Good Eggs, Great West Gourmet, GrubMarket, New City Fruit & Produce, Payless Logistics & Payless Supermarkets, Shasta Produce, Stanley Produce, S&L Wholesale Produce, VegiWorks, Washington Vegetable, What a Tomato, Yuet Cheong Produce


Food Recovery by the Numbers

Our impacts since we started the program in August 2016.


Pounds of Food Saved


Estimated # of Meals Provided by our Partners


Average Number of Pounds Diverted Per Day


The SF Market Food Recovery Program is generously funded by the Bothin Foundation, the Cliff Bar Family Foundation, the San Francisco Department of the Environment Zero Waste Grant Program, and the General Mills Foundation.

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Market Tour Program

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The SF Market food and agriculture organizations to forge new connections to the Market through our Market Tour Program.

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The SF Market donates healthy produce for community events to organizations located in our Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. As we are located in the Bayview, and it is one of the neighborhoods in San Francisco that has been identified as a food desert, we provide Bayview Hunters Point community organizations with fresh and healthy donated produce for their events.

To request a donation, please download this form and follow the instructions. 

Healthy Retail & Food Policy

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