Help Us End Food Waste by Transporting Unused Food

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WHAT: We're looking for volunteers to help us end food waste in Los Angeles by delivering extra food from grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, etc to soup kitchens and food pantries! We do all the prep work to help you be successful, we just need people like YOU to pick the food up and drop it off!

ABOUT FOODCYCLE LA: FoodCycle LA is committed to sourcing food supplies for local food banks and is coordinating donations from grocery stores, restaurants, warehouses, and other businesses to be dispersed to various partner non-profits, who in turn get that food in the hands of those most in need. We've paired up with the #CAClimateActionCorps and #CaliforniaVolunteers to help the state meet it's goals in reducing food waste in the Golden State and you can help too!

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES: After signing up, you will input your location and availability in an app called Careit (this is where you will take a food safety quiz as well to help keep everyone safe.) Careit will help you find food runs with delivery times that work for you. Food donations should total no more than 50 pounds.

IMPACT: 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children are food insecure in Los Angeles county. COVID-19 has put even more people at risk of going hungry, with lines at local food banks increasing significantly. Because of the pandemic, volunteers we used to rely on can no longer assist us since so many of them are in an at-risk age group. Now more than ever, we need new volunteers that can deliver food to our neighbors in need. If this food makes it to a landfill, it will rot and produce methane a very potent greenhouse gas. YOU can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by keeping this food out of landfills and reducing food insecurity in your own community!

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a reliable car with a valid driver's license and auto insurance.


You must:

  • not have been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks
  • not been near anyone who has been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks
  • bring your own mask and hand sanitizer


  • All volunteers must wear masks at all times.
  • You must wash your hands at the beginning and end of the volunteer activity, and any time after touching your face.
  • Physical contact is to be avoided and 6 feet of distancing will be required when possible.
  • Please avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands immediately if you do so.
  • Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette.

ACCESSIBILITY: FoodCycle firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email the Opportunity Leader below.

QUESTIONS? Contact us through the "I Want to Help" button.

WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the "I Want to Help" button above!

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About FoodCycle LA


NA, Los Angeles, CA 90068, US

Mission Statement

Feed People - Not Landfills. We connect excess food to people in need . FoodCycle is building an infrastructure to reduce waste and intelligently route surplus food-whether it’s to people’s plates or composting. Through our efforts, we’re changing individual behaviors, and ultimately, we'll change the culture around food waste.


FoodCycle is seeking passionate and dedicated volunteers to help further our mission in fighting hunger and ending food waste. We need volunteers on an ongoing basis to recover food from various restaurants, grocery stores, and food markets around Los Angeles. In addition to Food Recovery Drivers, we are looking for assistance building up our social media presence across all platforms.


Homeless & Housing
Environment, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Los Angeles, CA 90068



  • Food Delivery / Distribution




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Totally flexible and is dependent on your schedule.

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