Urge Councilmember Evans to support DC's "Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017"

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D.C.’s The Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017 was introduced in January 2017 but has yet to move forward from the Finance and Revenue Committee chaired by Councilmember Evans. Please sign this petition urging Councilmember Jack Evans to move this Act on to the full council for vote. 

Here's why we want this Amendment:

  • Approximately 40 percent of our food is thrown away, while 15 percent of families in DC experience some form of food insecurity.
  • “The Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017” is a logical and rational approach to reducing wasted food in DC while significantly increasing the amount of food reaching people who need it.
  • By providing a tax credit to help cover the costs associated with donation, this bill will increase the number of businesses that donate food in DC.
  • Improving DC date labeling regulations will also allow a significant amount of healthy and good-tasting food to be diverted from the landfill and incineration to DC residents.
  • Finally, allowing the Department of Health and the Office of Waste Diversion to develop best practices for food donation in DC will help alleviate confusion and reduce apprehension around food donation in the District.

 See the full letter to Councilmember Evans below.

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Dear Honorable Councilmember Evans,

I am writing today to express my support for “The Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017”. I am requesting that you support this bill and move it forward for Council review. This action is also supported by the DC Food Recovery Working Group, the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the DC Environmental Network.

I am greatly concerned that approximately 40 percent of our food is thrown away, while 15 percent of families in DC experience some form of food insecurity. I believe that “The Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017” is a logical and rational approach to reducing wasted food in DC while significantly increasing the amount of food reaching people who need it. By expanding protections and creating local tax incentives for food donors, I believe this bill will increase the number of businesses that donate food in DC. Notably, this bill would benefit District businesses that donate food by providing them with a tax credit, which will help cover the costs associated with donation.

Improving DC date labeling regulations will also allow a significant amount of healthy and good-tasting food to be diverted from the landfill and incineration to DC residents. Further, allowing the Department of Health and the Office of Waste Diversion to develop best practices for food donation in DC will help alleviate confusion and reduce apprehension around food donation in the District.

Sincerely,



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