RAND Webinar to Highlight Findings from the Los Angeles Food Recovery Study


The RAND Corporation will host a webinar to examine Los Angeles County's preparedness for California's edible food recovery mandate, SB 1838, on Tuesday, June 28. The webinar will bring together RAND researchers and California food recovery experts to discuss the findings of RAND's new food recovery study, Los Angeles County's Preparedness for California's Edible Food Recovery Mandate (SB 1383).

The study finds that SB 1383 will likely bring major changes to a wide existing network of food recovery in Los Angeles County, potentially increasing the amount of food donated for recovery and distribution while formalizing relationships and reporting requirements. However, this expected increase in donated food may strain a system already dealing with capacity constraints and other systemic issues and potentially impede LA County's ability to meet state-mandated goals.

Despite the challenges, the study finds that better utilization, coordination, and alignment of pathways that already exist could help LA County meet the state's goals while addressing climate concerns and hunger. Funded by the RAND Corporation, the research suggests ways in which the mandate could be turned into an opportunity for innovation and capacity-building. While specific to Los Angeles County, its recommendations may apply statewide.

Effective in January 2022, California SB 1383 established statewide methane emissions reduction targets from organic waste, including food, to reduce the disposal of organic waste in landfills.


  • Alina I. Palimaru is an associate policy researcher at RAND and the lead author of the study. Trained as a health services researcher, much of her work focuses on health outcomes measurement, quality of life, disability, and quality improvement in clinical settings.
  • Danielle Osborne is an environmental scientist in CalRecycle's Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch. She serves as CalRecycle's technical advisor for the edible food recovery requirements of SB 1383, California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Law.
  • Nancy Beyda is the founder of FoodCycle, a Hollywood-based nonprofit that picks up excess food from business throughout Los Angeles and brings it to organizations serving those in need.
  • Mike Learakos is the executive director of Abound Food Care, an organization that works to develop food insecurity and food waste reduction solutions and focuses on the positive impact that excess edible food can have on people and the environment.
  • Jennifer King is a program manager with Los Angeles County Public Works and has been involved with LA County's SB 1383 edible food recovery capacity assessment and planning. She also provides educational outreach to large edible food generating businesses and local food recovery agencies regarding SB 1383's food recovery requirements.
  • Laura Hernandez is the operations and financial manager at New Challenge Ministries Fresh Rescue Food Bank, which provides food and services to individuals experiencing homelessness.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022
11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET


Details for this digital event will be sent upon registration confirmation. Please register here: https://www.rand.org/events/2022/06/28/register.html.


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