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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

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


Jun 17, 2018 Laurel Rugen
Jun 17, 2018 Carolyn Riddle
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Karen Hill
Jun 14, 2018 Jeanne MacDonald The idea of sending food to landfills while people go hungry is obscene. If France can do this, other countries surely can.
Jun 14, 2018 PATRICIA WELCH I love getting mark-downs on grocery items. But if these items do not sell within the same day as being marked down, get the to the right places so perishables do not go to waste. I love Ugly Food!
Jun 14, 2018 Laurie Aman
Jun 14, 2018 Susan Barnard
Jun 14, 2018 M DEGOEDE What a great idea.
Jun 14, 2018 Sally Simpson
Jun 14, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) The\is food waste is a travesty.
Jun 14, 2018 Stephanie Howes
Jun 14, 2018 Jillian Fiedor
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Mandate the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act so that all restaurants and grocers donate food to the needy.
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 David Antos
Jun 14, 2018 Tessa Williamson
Jun 14, 2018 André Kellerman
Jun 14, 2018 Christine Henry
Jun 14, 2018 Barbara Kucala
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 MJ Lynch
Jun 14, 2018 Roger Hermanutz
Jun 14, 2018 G Bessai France and England have special stores where customers can get almost out of date and `ugly` food for very much less ......
Jun 14, 2018 tanya mcCormick
Jun 14, 2018 chris mcCormick
Jun 14, 2018 Wendy Hale
Jun 14, 2018 Donna Savin My friend and I volunteer at the Salvation Army. In the summer donations are way down. We do a lunch bag Feed the kids program and we also help with serving food on a regular basis. It is a sin to waste good food. We need these food items to feed all.
Jun 14, 2018 Gregg Schafer
Jun 14, 2018 Rhiannon Young
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Jeff Hacon
Jun 14, 2018 Jennie deBeausset
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Let us be More Efficient and N0T-WASTE-F00D -- that is safe for human consumption - ! ! Donate it to a shelter or soup kitchen / they can turn into GREAT STEWS or CASSER0LE -- {=D
Jun 14, 2018 Dottie Viar
Jun 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Carol Webb
Jun 14, 2018 LAURA MCGHEE The amount of food thrown away is ridiculous. There are starving people in this country right now. So stupid to continue throwing good food away!!!
Jun 14, 2018 Barbara Louise If we can, we should stop wasting food! Otherwise, how can we call ourselves a decent civilization?
Jun 14, 2018 Gay Campbell I support mandating the Bill emerson Good Samitan Act.
Jun 14, 2018 Elisabeth Carroll
Jun 14, 2018 Sherry Kimbrough
Jun 14, 2018 Barbara Mintz
Jun 14, 2018 karen wood

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