Newhouse and Walorski introduce Food Donation Improvement Law
With millions of Americans facing food insecurity, U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan bill on Dec. 13 to help boost corporate food donations and non-profit organizations.
“Fighting hunger is a bipartisan priority, and the Food Donation Improvement Act has the potential to make a huge difference for Americans facing food insecurity,” Representative Walorski said on Monday.
The Food Donation Improvement Act of 2021, HR 6251, which is sponsored by U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), would extend liability protections to food donors when food is either donated directly to someone in need or when a recipient pays a deeply reduced cost, according to a summary of the bill provided by lawmakers.
“The law should never discourage people from helping their neighbors or encourage them to throw away perfectly good food,” Rep. Newhouse said. “The Food Donation Improvement Act will enact logical reforms that will bring clarity and protections to farmers, retailers and nonprofits who are in good faith seeking to help the hungry, helping those in need gain access. to food that would otherwise be wasted. “
If enacted, HR 6251 would expand liability protections to allow grocers, wholesalers, agricultural producers, restaurants, caterers, school food authorities and higher education institutions to increase quantity and effectiveness of their food donation efforts, says the summary of the bill, and clarify the labeling standards that food products must meet to be eligible for such protections.
“Making it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, farms and other businesses to give food to their neighbors is a common sense tool to help communities fight hunger,” said Walorski. “Americans have long been characterized by a spirit of generosity, and Congress is ready to remove the heavy barriers to these charitable giving. “