Specialty Produce has partnered with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank in an effort to put chefs at the forefront of the fight against hunger in San Diego County. Waste Not San Diego gives chefs the opportunity to donate excess food, which is then redistributed to local nonprofits.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
According to the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, a person, gleaner or nonprofit organization shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals. The Act also states that liability exemption does not apply to an injury to or death of an ultimate user or recipient of the food or grocery product that results from an act or omission of the person, gleaner or nonprofit organization, as applicable, constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.


Please review the Waste Not SD donation guideline & the liability form. The liability form must be filled out completely and e-signed before you can start the program.

Online Ordering

Using the Specialty Produce online ordering system, accounts can order Waste Not SD kits and also request a donation pick-up by indicating the number of trays they've filled. Note: You must have an existing produce order for us to drop off supplies or pick up a donation.

Filling the Trays

Surplus food should be packed in the provided trays, placed in the Waste Not SD box and refrigerated until picked up. The labels MUST be filled out with the appropriate information. The name of the account should be written on the outside of the box.

The Pick Up

Boxes must be picked up within 48 hours for quality assurance. Drivers will not accept donations unless the labels are filled out. Once donations are returned to the warehouse, they are picked up by one of our local nonprofit partners.


In addition to helping feed your community, you should consult with your tax attorney or CPA in order to determine your specific tax credit. Over time, you can also expect to see a decrease in your trash expenses.

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Produce Distributor

Located in San Diego, Specialty Produce is a family owned and operated food service and retail produce supplier with twenty plus years of experience.


food bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 400,000 people per month in San Diego County.


What an AMAZING concept...giving food to those in need instead of throwing it in the trash. Families with little ones, shut ins, the sick, unemployed and homeless. I am blessed and humbled to be apart of this and hope every Chef in San Diego catches the vision! If you could see the faces on the receiving end, it would blow your freakin' socks off... Come on San Diego, WASTE NOT!


Project 1:1 Representative
Thanks so much for the initiative to save food from landfills and get it into the hands of San Diegans facing hunger. I’m so excited to see the Waste Not San Diego program build over the upcoming months.

Shelly Parks

Nonprofit Services Manager - San Diego Food Bank
I enjoy working with Specialty Produce because the food that they share is food that is of quality. Many of the people that we serve are seniors and disabled along with the homeless and low income. They too have expressed the difference in the quality of food that's being shared with them. The staff at Specialty Produce are magnificent. They are well organized and we just enjoy working with them.

Dr. Netreia Carroll

Shaback Inc. Pastor