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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


Aug 18, 2018 Kimberly Whalen
Aug 17, 2018 Karen Gagnon
Aug 17, 2018 Julie Frandsen
Aug 17, 2018 polina plisova
Aug 16, 2018 Marguerite Ogata
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 16, 2018 A Davis
Aug 16, 2018 Becky Anderson
Aug 15, 2018 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 12, 2018 Lynette Schultz
Aug 11, 2018 Pat Rowell
Aug 10, 2018 Christina Amiri
Aug 10, 2018 Jane Darter
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2018 Linda Beach
Aug 8, 2018 felipe guillen
Aug 7, 2018 Joyce Ramirez
Aug 7, 2018 Heidi Bean
Aug 7, 2018 Ruby Lowe
Aug 7, 2018 Regina Vieyra
Aug 7, 2018 MCarmen Diaz
Aug 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2018 Robert Krone
Aug 6, 2018 Robert &Virginia Ilardi
Aug 6, 2018 Carole Gorecki
Aug 6, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 6, 2018 PAOLA BALLANTI
Aug 6, 2018 Maureen Reilly
Aug 6, 2018 Hayley Hall
Aug 5, 2018 Michael Nelson There is no reason that anyone in this country should go hungry
Aug 5, 2018 Abigail Mikuszewski Too many people are starving. Food should never be wasted, when someone out there needs something to keep them alive. God Bless all.
Aug 5, 2018 Linda Wilson
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 5, 2018 Reva James-Frye
Aug 5, 2018 Richard Quail
Aug 5, 2018 Linda Shockley This throwing away of perfectly edible food could be used to feed homeless people and donated to charities.
Aug 5, 2018 Sue Knaack
Aug 5, 2018 Marlene Aurich
Aug 5, 2018 Timothy Caramellino
Aug 5, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Aug 5, 2018 nancy thiffault
Aug 5, 2018 frédéric pulcini
Aug 5, 2018 martina navratilova
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Robin Ripmaster
Aug 3, 2018 Shellie Vermeer
Aug 3, 2018 Cheryl Friday
Aug 3, 2018 Patricia Cole
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 KAREN Bauman

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