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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: November 14, 2017 12:18 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola and Sen. Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution - Nov. as Food Pantry Donation Month in Pennsylvania
In the near future, we will be reintroducing a resolution to encourage food donation, and recognize November 2017 as "Food Pantry Donation" month in Pennsylvania.

Nearly three decades ago, the General Assembly amended the Judiciary Code (Title 42), section 8338 to provide for reduced liability for damages from donated food and grocery products. This “Good Samaritan” provision allows for restaurants, grocery stores, and other entities that produce and sell food to donate any unused excess to food banks, without liability in a civil lawsuit.

In order to prevent excess consumable food from being disposed of, we have thought it necessary to draw additional attention to this provision in state law and encourage businesses such as restaurants to take advantage of “Good Samaritan” provisions to reduce their food waste and help feed our communities.

Food banks, in their continued attempts to reduce hunger hardship & food insecurity, still fall short in providing adequate food supplies to hungry Pennsylvanians. Despite this, a typical restaurant on average produces approximately 150,000 pounds of food waste annually.

The USDA reports that food lost to waste in the United States is roughly estimated at 30 - 40 percent of our supply. Such waste has far-reaching impacts. The land, water, labor, energy and other inputs used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food is squandered.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this resolution to help end hunger in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as SR247