Reducing Food Waste and Increasing Food Donations
Rep. Talerico offers solution to decreasing hunger in Alaska
Monday, March 20, 2017, Juneau, Alaska –Alaska could easily reduce the amount of food waste while increasing the amount of food donated to food banks and charitable organizations. Representative David Talerico (R-Healy) introduces a bill to accomplish both.
“I was shocked the first time I saw how much food is thrown out by a single grocery store,” said Rep. Talerico. “It didn’t take long to learn many other businesses are trashing perfectly good food. A problem that can be fixed with simple legislation.”
HB186 will allow hotels, restaurants, stores and others who choose to donate their excess unsold food or out dated food to food banks or charitable organizations free from liability. Currently many vendors hold back from donating these types of foods due to the fact that they could be sued. Removing that fear will only open up more food opportunity for Alaskans who depend on donations.
About 15% of Alaskans are considered food insecure individuals but that number could decrease if HB186 passes.
“There’s another perk to this bill which is less food ending up in landfills which often smell and attract unwanted animals and birds,” Said Rep. Talerico.
The bill has been referred to Health and Social Services Committee.