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Food Recovery Programs

Please contact the Sustainable Food Programs Coordinator, Erin Meyer, at or (209)-205-8102, if you have any questions, comments or feedback about any of the following programs:

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No Food Left Behind

No Food Left Behind is a free text service that connect students, staff and faculty with events that might have food leftover. Simply sign up for the free text service and bring a reusable container to pick up leftover food. 
  • Currently, during COVID-19 the text service is being used to announce on and off campus food resources. 
  • Sign up by texting FOOD to 855-23. 
More information about No Food Left Behind can be found here.

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Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program

The Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program aims to reduce food waste at food banks, grocery stores, cafes and flea markets by rescuing food and giving it away to feed our community. 
  • If you would like to help save food, please contact Erin Meyer at or (209)205-8102. If you know of food to be rescued or have food to donate, please contact Erin Meyer as well.  
More information about the Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program can be found here.

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Food Connect

Food Connect is a resource which connects the Merced County Community with food and other resources. Our goals are to decrease food insecurity, reduce food waste, help farmers sell and promote food justice. Through the use of Facebook and Twitter, Food Connect shares valuable resources pertaining to food, sustainable practices, gardening, farming, and more! 
  • Community members are able to submit requests to have their own posts published on the social media platforms, whether it be an item for sale, an event, a resource, a wanted post, or a job, Food Connect will post it. Food connects us, and we connect you with food!  
Join us on Facebook and Twitter and complete this form if you’d like us to post something on our page.

Pilot Gleaning Program

Do you have a surplus of fruits or veggies from your fruit tree or garden? Get connected or join our Glean Team to help get this abundance of nutritious food to people experiencing food insecurity in our community. 100% of the donated produce that is recovered is donated to hunger relief agencies across Merced County.
Gleaning Form: linked here (for donations and/or volunteer opportunities).