DC-Specific Resources

Below are DC-specific resources, laws and policies, and activists in the food recovery space.


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DC-Specific Guides and Resources
Local Resource Websites
Legislation and Policies
Local Activists


DC Local Guides and Resources

Food Recovery in the District of Columbia: A Legal Guide
The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic partnered with the DC Food Recovery Working Group to publish the “Food Recovery in the District of Columbia: A Legal Guide” which lays out laws and policies related to food recovery in DC.

DC Food Recovery Guide 2017
The DC Food Recovery Guide is a printable pamphlet created by the DC Food Recovery Working Group containing information on all things food recovery in DC.

DC Food Recovery Business Guide 2017
The DC Food Recovery Business Guide is a printable pamphlet created by the DC Food Recovery Working Group aimed at DC food business (restaurants, caterers, cafeterias, grocery stores, etc.) containing information on all things food recovery in DC.

DUG Network DC Food Recovery Tools and Guides
List of food recovery Apps and technology, guides, infographics, programs and legislation specific to greater DC area.

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Local Resource Websites

 

 

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Legislation and Policies

Liability Protection

DC Food Donation Liability Protection
The DC law related to liability protection for food donation is D.C. Code Ann. § 48-301. The law provides criminal and civil liability protection to food businesses that donate food to a non-profit that distributes food for free or a nominal charge. This protection applies unless there is evidence of gross negligence or intentional misconduct by the donor.

  • Extends the same liability coverage as Bill Emerson Act
  • DC’s Food Code allows donation of unserved food
  • DGS/DOH Shared Table Guidance
    • DC’s Food Code allows re-serving “not potentially hazardous” food that has been served to someone but not eaten on a share table.
    • Re-serving “potentially hazardous” foods (e.g. milk) requires applying for a DOH variance.

DC Save Good Food Act (not yet passed)
Extends liability coverage to anyone donating at anytime.  Allows people to donate directly to people in need instead of a non profit or church middle person.  Click on the link to learn how you can help pass this law.

Tax Incentives

CHLPI: Federal Business Tax Incentives for Food Donations Guide
This is a guide on how to receive federal tax incentives for businesses donating food.

Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)
VA State Tax Credits for donating food

Maryland Food Donation Tax Credit Pilot Program
Tax credit for farmers donating food

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Local Activist

Will Reid

 

Food Warriors Podcast
Food Warriors is a DC-based podcast that is reframing how we think about our food. Food Warriors are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, policy shifters, chefs and more who are paving the way to transform our food system, offering the most innovative solutions to our greatest food challenges — from food waste to food security. Hear the stories that fueled their mission and then get clear, actionable steps you can start using today. 
Here are some links to the show:

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