Help New Legislation to Increase Food Recovery in DC
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 You can 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