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Sign this petition and demand that the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act be mandated, and prevent nutritious food from being thrown in the trash.

Food waste is a problem wherever it could be put to better use. In the United States, where more than one-tenth of all families are living in food-insecure households [1], at least 40 percent of the food produced for consumption is never eaten [2].

Instead, perfectly good food is being thrown away because it doesn't meet unrealistic standards of appearance [3].

"It's all about blemish-free produce," according to southeastern U.S. produce distributor Jay Johnson. "What happens in our business today is that it is either perfect, or it gets rejected. It is perfect to them, or they turn it down. And then you are stuck [3]."

The businesses that get stuck have been sticking their surplus in the trash, or letting it rot in warehouses. But the fact is, there's enough to feed the nation's hungry several times over.

A 2014 EPA study found that the U.S. wastes at least 38 million tons of food each year [4]. That's enough to provide 2,000 calories for 190 million Americans, every day of that year [5].

It doesn't have to be this way.

France first banned its supermarkets from wasting unsold food in early 2016, mandating they donate the items to charities and food banks instead [6]. A year later, the country found itself at the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index, which tracks the food waste and recovery efforts of 25 countries around the world [7]. Per capita waste was brought down to 234 pounds of food annually, while their American counterparts are throwing away more than 250 pounds of food per person, per year [8].

Clear regulations aimed at diverting nutritious food from landfills are effective. And, in the U.S., such a regulation already exists.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act provides protection for food and grocery products that meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations, even though the food may not be "readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions [1]." It removes the liability a business may fear after giving unused products away, for all but gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Despite being signed into law, many restaurants and grocers still don't donate food.

If mandated by Congress, this bill could make fresh, nutritious food available to the millions who need it most. Sign today, do your part to end food waste, and put a stop to needless hunger!

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Dear Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,

The amount of food thrown away every year in the United States is enough to provide 2,000-calories for 190 million Americans, every day of that year.

It's time we put those calories where they belong.

Food waste is a problem wherever it could be put to better use. In the United States, where more than one-tenth of all families are living in food-insecure households, at least 40 percent of the food produced for consumption is never eaten.

In France, where supermarkets have been banned from destroying unsold food, the per capita amount of food waste per person has dropped sharply after just a few years.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, passed in 1996, provides protection for food and grocery products that meet all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations, even though the food may not be "readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus or other conditions." It removes the liability a business may fear after giving unused products away, for all but gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

Despite being signed into law, many restaurants and grocers still don't donate food. Mandating this act would provide the impetus to divert millions of pounds of otherwise wasted food to those who need it, and reduce our nation's waste.

I demand you take action today, and mandate the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Elena Maltseva
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May 20, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 20, 2018 Laura Loukota
May 19, 2018 joão Carranço
May 19, 2018 Aida Candeal
May 19, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 18, 2018 CHARLENE DONOVAN
May 18, 2018 Lynn Brown
May 18, 2018 Jo Johnson
May 18, 2018 Juanita Vela
May 17, 2018 Rachel Brennan
May 17, 2018 Audrone Jokubauskiene
May 17, 2018 BARBARA COSTANZO
May 17, 2018 Michelle Korf
May 17, 2018 Melissa Young
May 17, 2018 Davina Lee
May 17, 2018 Marlisa James
May 17, 2018 Sophie Benger
May 17, 2018 Susan Hodgson
May 17, 2018 Susan Diller
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May 17, 2018 KRISTIE SENNETT
May 16, 2018 paul dormer
May 16, 2018 Mona Khoury
May 16, 2018 David Schaechtel
May 16, 2018 Carmela Mazzariello
May 16, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
May 16, 2018 Kate Pruden
May 16, 2018 Stephanie Harvey
May 16, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Ginger Gorum
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May 16, 2018 Helen Ryan
May 16, 2018 April Schulte
May 16, 2018 Scott Crockett
May 16, 2018 Jeanne Rothwarf
May 16, 2018 R. Stepanik Mr. Ryan, before you retire - FIX the problem, it would be a great legacy to help hungry citizens and eliminate food waste !!!!!
May 16, 2018 Diane Stroz
May 16, 2018 Gavin Bornholtz
May 16, 2018 Marilyn Martin
May 16, 2018 p jerral
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May 16, 2018 Toni Miele
May 16, 2018 Cecelia Ferrufino
May 16, 2018 SUSAN KANTROW
May 16, 2018 Alexis Carrillo
May 16, 2018 Shelley Waltman
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