During the Q&A answer period of the webinar I presented today, the same question came up. I say “same question” because this is one is asked during every single presentation I have given for years.
The question is….”Isn’t it illegal to donate food after an event? I am told it is against health codes.”
I am glad this question keeps coming up. In the current economy, food banks are struggling to fill their shelves to help the hungry and planners want to know how to help! I have blogged about this before, but it bears repeating:
The Bill Emerson Food Donation Act allows you help the hungry.
What does the law do? The law protects good-faith donors from civil and criminal liability in the event that the product later causes harm to its recipient. The Emerson Act gives uniform protection to food donors who may cross state lines.
Who is protected? The law protects food donors, including individuals and nonprofit feeding programs that act in good faith. More specifically, the law protects individuals, corporations, partnerships, organizations, associations, governmental entities, wholesalers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, gleaners, nonprofit agencies, and others.
What sort of food is protected? The Emerson 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.
Where can I get a copy of the law?
For a copy of the Bill Emerson Food Donation Act, just click on this link http://www.usda.gov
Where can I find a place to donate?
Find a local food bank using the locator on Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest) http://www.feedingamerica.org/
Your role is to connect the local food bank and the catering firm. They will take care of the details.
Thanks to you, families in need can be served!