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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

When supermarkets and eateries find themselves with extra food that can't be sold, they usually just toss it into the dumpster out back. With world hunger at an all-time high, the food industry should be more mindful of their waste and donate their usable food to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other non-profits that help feed the hungry.

Every year, up to 15 billion pounds of food go to waste. But this exorbitant amount of leftover food could mean many less hungry days for hundreds of thousands of people.

Sign the petition asking the Chairman of the Food Industry Association, to create incentives for America's food service providers to donate their extra food to the 30 million Americans who go hungry every day.

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Dear Chairman,

With hunger in the world today at an all-time high, I find it appalling that restaurants and supermarkets are responsible for up to 15 billion pounds of untouched food products per year. A significant portion of this food is still usable and fit to be consumed, yet it finds its way into dumpsters instead of hungry mouths.

The excess that the food industry wastes every year could very well be put toward feeding those in need. I am saddened to hear that perfectly nutritious food is simply dumped into garbage cans when it could be used to feed people who have to constantly worry about where their next meal will come from. This is especially disheartening when you consider all of the children who are suffering from hunger.

I am writing to ask that, as Chairman of the Food Industry Association, you create incentives for these food service providers to donate their excess food to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. These organizations always welcome donations, and could stand to benefit greatly if restaurants and markets gave even just a small amount of their leftover food.

Please use your influence to help eliminate America's hunger problem. Small steps can mean huge accomplishments.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures

Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Mary McCoy-Johnson
Oct 30, 2014 Karen Krieger
Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Joel Quaintance
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) You complain about the volatility of today's economy, and yet you throw away unbought food! ...gosh
Oct 30, 2014 Lynda Holt
Oct 30, 2014 Rayleen Nunez
Oct 30, 2014 kris womer
Oct 30, 2014 Patricia Williams
Oct 30, 2014 Cindy Edlich
Oct 30, 2014 carla christy no reason to throw away food in this country when there are people who are hungry
Oct 30, 2014 Elizabeth Jones
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 30, 2014 Cassandra Weldon-Faulkner With the abundance of food in this country, it is sad that many are hungry, especially children. Instead of disposing of excess food, donate it to those who need it.
Oct 30, 2014 tanya trakova
Oct 30, 2014 Pavel Trakova
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 june harty this food needs to be fed to those in need not discarded, please help.
Oct 29, 2014 Cathleen Holcomb-Knowles
Oct 29, 2014 jan elford in the uk many supermarkets have a scheme to help
Oct 29, 2014 Mary Bergman
Oct 29, 2014 Shelley Kent They shouldn't need incentives, but unfortunately only your help can make this happen
Oct 29, 2014 Cheryl Herbert
Oct 29, 2014 marisa acuna
Oct 29, 2014 Joyce Angleberger
Oct 29, 2014 David Schaechtel
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Beebe
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Carol Cook
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Michael Schilke
Oct 29, 2014 Susan J Sullivan
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Mark Ruppe
Oct 29, 2014 Deniz A-McCoy
Oct 29, 2014 Lisa Wilhelm So many times I've thought how senseless it is to have so much food from grocery stores and restaurants go to waste when there are so many hungry people, but I don't know what the solution is — particularly when the "profit" factor is considered.
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Throwing away good food is a shame and a sin. There are many people who would be happy to have this excess food.
Oct 29, 2014 LaVonne Rathsack Usable surplus food should NOT be thrown in the garbage. There are many people going hungry who could use this food.
Oct 29, 2014 Steve Dollar A very good cause, all it really seems to need is distribution
Oct 29, 2014 Elizabeth Moreno In the past, I had to rely on the kindness of others and now I pass that favor on to others. Join me!
Oct 29, 2014 Annette Wysocki
Oct 29, 2014 SUSAN KANTROW
Oct 29, 2014 Renee Ritchie It's about time that unused food is donated and put to good use. There are some companies/organizations that do but so many more that don't. Why waste perfectly good food when so many go hungry.
Oct 29, 2014 steve laplante
Oct 29, 2014 Elizabeth Scherbak
Oct 29, 2014 Dona Gartrell
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 LaDonna Earl-Jones Please stop this wastefullness. There are so many people that are going hungry that could use this food. Any small donation helps.
Oct 29, 2014 Kelly Tierney I was trying to retroactively apply a coupon to cans of food I purchased once and because of the computer system, the cans had to be discarded. I would NEVER have done it if I would've known, and that was just 6 cans! No more food waste!

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