Beginning in 1995, Foodlink, in partnership with the California State Department of Social Services, founded the state wide gleaning program Donate Don’t Dump (DDD). DDD collects 10 to 12 million pounds of food each year from growers and packing houses throughout California.
The donated food is delivered by Foodlink to distribution agencies alongside the standard USDA commodities. The majority of Donate Don’t Dump food is fresh fruit and vegetables which significantly increases the nutritional value of a typical food bag for recipients. Foodlink has collected over 250 million pounds of food for distribution through its Donate Don’t Dump program.