There are a lot of legislation and policies that are barriers to food recovery. And there are a lot of easy policy changes that can make a huge difference. Check out some current campaigns that need your help below.
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Councilmember Cheh introduced a bill this morning entitled “The Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017“(http://lims.dccouncil.us/Download/37273/B22-0072-Introduction.pdf).
This bill includes several strategies for decreasing wasted food in the District, including:
1) Providing a tax credit for grocery stores, restaurants, and urban farms that donate healthy foods to charitable organizations;
2) Expanding liability protections for food donors that donate directly to individuals, and for non-profit organizations that charge a small fee to cover the handling and preparation of food donations;
3) Requiring DOH to only require date labels on food products where there is an increased safety risk related to when the date passes; and
4) Requiring DOH and the Office of Waste Diversion (in DPW) to develop a food donation guide, including safety regulations, best practices, and a list of organizations that accept donated food. DOH will also have to train health inspectors on the information in the guide.
The bill was referred to the Health Committee and the Finance Committee for review. and there was a Public Hearing for comments on March 28th
How Can We Help
Although there was no major opposition during the March 28th public bill its possible for the Council not to move forward with this bill or do delay it indefinitely. We want to keep constant encourage to motivate the Counsel to continue moving this bill forward. To help pass this bill as soon as possible please write to our council members listed below expressing your support. We provide email templates and resource sheets below to make it as easy as possible.
DC Central Kitchen created a resource sheet about this bill and tips to help write to express support.
- Councilmember Vincent C. Gray
- Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
- Councilmember Mary M. Cheh
- Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
- Councilmember David Grosso
Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities
The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic published this toolkit to provide comprehensive information on eight different policy areas that states and localities can consider as they ramp up efforts to reduce food waste. The toolkit includes recommendations for each of the policy areas, which can be utilized by legislators, advocates, food donors, and food recovery organizations to call for policy changes. Each section of the toolkit describes the relevant federal laws, provides state examples, and offers the Clinic’s policy recommendations.
The policy areas are:
• Liability Protection for Food Donations;
• Tax Incentives for Food Donations;
• Date Labeling;
• Food Safety for Food Donations;
• Food Waste Reduction in K-12 Schools;
• Feeding Food Scraps to Livestock;
• Organic Waste Bans and Waste Recycling Laws; and
• Government Support for Food Waste Reduction.