Our Donation Partners

In working to reduce food waste, we're doing more than just helping the environment. By saving food that would otherwise go to waste, we are increasing the amount of food available to everyone–not just our customers, but folks in need too. Fighting food waste and fighting hunger are truly interconnected, which is why every week, we donate thousands of pounds of delicious, healthy fruits and vegetables to our nonprofit partners. Anytime we have excess produce in our warehouse that cannot make it into a box, we find a way to get it to an organization that will use it to make a difference in our community. Below are the organizations that we currently work with. We encourage you to learn more about their work and support them, too! If you are a nonprofit interested in receiving donations from us, please contact us at donations@imperfectproduce.com.


Food Shift works to fight food waste through educational initiatives and waste reduction consulting. In their Food Shift kitchen, they turn our ugly produce into healthy meals for the East Bay residents, as well as provide valuable job training for the homeless and unemployed.

The SF Marin Food Bank is a crucial resource for the 1 in 4 San Francisco and Marin residents who struggle with hunger. In addition to their robust food pantry program, the SFMFB is a strong advocate for food policy reform and regularly engages in community outreach through nutrition classes and assistance with Calfresh benefits. They also offer innovative neighborhood pantries that empower people to choose their own fresh groceries in a “farmers market style setting." We work directly with their food sourcing coordinator to donate produce directly to these neighborhood pantries, ensuring that it ends up where it’s needed most.




Curry Without WOrry


Curry without Worry is a San Francisco based non-profit having served over 700,000 people vegan Nepalese food since 2006. We are proud to provide produce for their weekly vegan meal in Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. Click the link above to learn more and find out how you can support their work too!


   

Farming Hope

Farming Hope empowers people out of homelessness through training and employment in their community gardens and dinners. We are proud to support their work in San Francisco! 

Sprouts empowers the next generation to make smart food choices through food education programs. They offer free classes on cooking and nutrition in public schools as well as culinary job training for at-risk youth. Sprouts educators routinely pick up our produce from the warehouse and use it in their free classes.

18 Reasons is an innovative community cooking school in San Francisco’s Mission District. They also offer free cooking classes in low-income communities all around the Bay Area that empower families with the necessary skills to make healthy meals on a budget. They regularly use Imperfect produce in their classes.




LA Kitchen and Imperfect both believe that neither food nor people should have to go to waste. As our main donation partner in Los Angeles, LA Kitchen transforms our ugly produce into beautiful, wholesome meals that local charities distribute to the aging, low-income, and homeless populations of Los Angeles. LA Kitchen also helps at-risk foster children get valuable job training and life skills through their Empower Program. 




                                                                                                               
            

Outside In in Portland, Oregon helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards health and self-sufficiency. Outside In uses Imperfect produce in their day program, which serves over two thousand meals a month to homeless youth.  Along with healthy, balanced meals, Outside In provides youth with the hope, confidence, and skills necessary to build stable lives.



 

OREGON FOOD BANK



We are proud to support Oregon Food Bank and their work to eliminate hunger and its root causesOregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank serves 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. 





Esther’s Pantry was founded in 1985 to provide financially challenged individuals living with HIV access to food and personal care items. For over 30 years Esther’s has provided food and personal care items to thousands of people diagnosed with HIV. The Pantry serves over 200 clients a month with groceries, personal care items, and pet food. We supply fresh produce for their grocery service! 














GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY

We work with The Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute food to people in need across Chicago and Cook County, particularly children, older adults, and veterans at risk of hunger. GCFB sources food from every point along the supply chain, including produce from Imperfect, to provide nutritious options to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and "Producemobiles" -- farmer's markets on wheels that deliver fresh produce to low-income areas every day. We're proud to support their mission and message.  

WESTCHESTER FOOD PANTRY


The Westchester Food Pantry works to end hunger in the communities including Hillside, Berkeley, Broadview, Bellwood, La Grange Park, Western Springs and Westchester in Chicago. They are an entirely volunteer-run organization open year round, supported by the generous donations of local residents, organizations, and businesses.



UI Healthy Pilsen Food PantrY

UI Healthy Pilsen Food Pantry, started by Evelyn Figueroa, serves vulnerable Chicagoans by reducing food insecurity. She partnered with the UI Health Pilsen Lower West Family Health Center, Trader Joe's, Imperfect Produce, and others interested in addressing food insecurity to build a food pantry that was attached to a medical clinic. We are helping them address health and social outcomes through the direct distribution of high quality and culturally appropriate foods. 




GRACE HOUSING COMPLEX  

In order to promote health and wellness, as well as give back to those in need, Grace Housing Complex has developed the "You Got The Juice" initiative. Grace, in collaboration with Imperfect, provides fresh nutritional organic juices & bottled water to the homeless and shelter population of Chicago! 



Fight2Feed  


Fight2Feed is a charitable organization on a mission to put an end to hunger and reduce food waste. We are proud to support their work in Chicago! Follow the link above to find out how you can get involved. 











Volunteers of America, WESTERN WASHINGTON


Volunteers of America's mission is to serve people and communities in need and to create opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others. Imperfect works with Volunteers of America to combat childhood hunger by donating produce to their Preschool Grocery Delivery Program, which aims to provide nutrient dense groceries to low-income preschools in Western Washington.  




 



Emergency Food Network


 Emergency Food Network distributes more than one million pounds of food each month to 71 partner food pantries, hot meal sites, and shelters, in Pierce County, Washington, at no cost to them. EFN focus's on distributing beautiful, nutritious, and culturally diverse food. In addition to distributing purchased and donated food, EFN also operates Mother Earth Farm, an 8-acre farm that uses organic practices to grow fruits and vegetables for food pantries. In 2017, EFN distributed 14.4 million pounds of food and their Partner Programs served 1,360,481 guests!





                                                  

SECOND HELPINGS

Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. By accepting donated perishable and overstocked food, volunteers and staff prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day and distribute them free of charge through social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis.




Arts @ LARGE



Arts @ Large is an award-winning, nationally recognized educational organization that builds the skills, confidence, and competence of classroom teachers, arts specialists, and artist educators to engage thousands of K-12 students annually in experiential, arts-infused learning. We are proud to support their student-run food truck in Milwaukee!