Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 4,889
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!

Sign Here






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


Apr 20, 2018 Sue King I believe that it is actually wicked to destroy perfectly healthy food while people (and animals!) are starving.
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Will Molasky
Apr 19, 2018 Karyn Gold
Apr 18, 2018 Thomas Crothers
Apr 18, 2018 L A Kloosterman
Apr 18, 2018 Patty Gamblin
Apr 18, 2018 sofia Oliveira
Apr 18, 2018 Teri Thompson
Apr 18, 2018 Martina Clerici
Apr 17, 2018 Marina Tinti Andrade
Apr 17, 2018 Amber Williams
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 Marie-Christine FOURCAUT
Apr 17, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 17, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Christine Geise
Apr 16, 2018 Marcus Lautenberg You may as well give the food away to people who need it rather than throwing it out like garbage
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 16, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Apr 15, 2018 Suzette Snodderley
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop wasting what could make a difference in this world. Let's be sensible & compassionate.
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Campbell
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Flores
Apr 12, 2018 Penelope Cole
Apr 12, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 Nikki Fier
Apr 12, 2018 Deborah Smith
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 Jennifer O'Brien
Apr 12, 2018 Haley Svec
Apr 12, 2018 Karishma Brough
Apr 12, 2018 Eunice Judge
Apr 12, 2018 Joy McGinty
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2018 Shelley Kent
Apr 12, 2018 Arnold Welber
Apr 11, 2018 Laura Garcia
Apr 11, 2018 Virginia Wilson
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Apr 10, 2018 Jan-Paul Alon
Apr 10, 2018 Carol and Barry Meehan

back to top

Blown-Glass Plant Watering Globe
Share this page and help fund more food: