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FoodCycle LA

Quick Overview: Help end food waste by rescuing and delivering excess food to community agencies, food banks, and pantries.

Impact: 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children are food insecure in Los Angeles county. COVID-19 is putting even more people at risk of going hungry, with lines at local food banks increasing significantly. Now more than ever, we need new volunteers that can deliver food to our neighbors in need. This year, we are on track to diverting nearly 4 million pounds of food away from landfills to neighboring communities because of dedicated volunteers. Diverting edible food away from landfills not only makes sense, but it also has a positive environmental impact. Organic materials in landfills break down and emit methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Feed People Not Landfills is our double impact mission!

Roles & Responsibilities:

Sign-up on the ChowMatch as a Food Recovery Driver.

Download the ChowMatch App on Google Play or Apple Store to your mobile device.

Access your account to view available food runs that fits your schedule and proximity.

Follow all food safety and COVID protocol provided by our team.

Arrive at the local food donor on the date and time you selected and follow the directions in the app.

Deliver the food to the community agency listed in the app.

Log your donation weights in ChowMatch App.

Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.


Abide by business mask requirements

All volunteers must wear a mask during pick up and drop offs

Wear gloves when handling loose, unpackaged foods

Use hand sanitizer or wipes to keep your hands clean

Observe Food Safety measures from the Food Safety Quiz


Not have been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks.

Not been around anyone who has been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks

Call ahead to reduce wait time and contact with others.

You must wipe, wash, or disinfect 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 foot distancing will be required.

Please avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands immediately if you do so.

Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette.

Accessibility: L.A. Works 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 the Opportunity Leader below.

Additional Information:

FoodCycle LA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on reducing food waste through prevention, recovery, and recycling through our donor - recipient program. We prevent food waste through diversion methods, bringing food security realization among the community and kids. Our Food Recovery and Diversion program recovers the surplus food from local retailers and commercial kitchens that would otherwise be thrown into the landfills. This food goes to our community partner agencies who serve those experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers play a crucial role in our food recovery process by not only helping to divert edible food away from landfills but also tracking the amount of food being recovered, meals delivered, and amount of gas emissions being saved.

Finally you can set your own schedule and pick up food in an hour or less - daily, weekly or monthly. Whatever works for you! If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity in an area not listed in the app, just let us know! We have more opportunities to help in Westside, South Bay, SGV, and SFV!

All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here:

By clicking "Express Interest," I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am being referred to Activities that are coordinated and managed by a third party Agency or Organization and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction, control, or oversight over these Activities. The Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 ("COVID-19"). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise.

By clicking "Express Interest," I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the Activities and have considered those risks. I hereby expressly and specifically assume such risks, including any and all risk of injury, illness, harm, or loss that I may incur as a result of my participation in the Activities. I hereby fully and forever release and discharge L.A. Works from, and expressly waive, any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that may arise from my participation in the Activities.

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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


Mon Sep 13, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM


Los Angeles, CA 92008







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