Help alleviate food deprivation in North Carolina; require supermarkets to donate food.

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Forty percent of the food produced annually in the United States is wasted. Supermarkets are one of the top contributors to this food waste. In fact, it is estimated that North Carolina's supermarkets dispose of 109 tons of food daily, according to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Rather than tossing a speckled unsold banana in the trash, supermarkets should donate it to charities instead.

The world produces one and a half times the amount of food needed to sufficiently feed every single person on earth, yet 12.7% of United States households are food insecure, or unable to access an adequate amount of nutritious food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Resource Service. Furthermore, North Carolina’s food insecurity rate is almost double the rest of the country's rate. Almost 1 in 4 children in North Carolina are food insecure, according to the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks.

Because of this food insecurity there is an ever increasing need to supply charities with nutritious food. For example, 36% of food pantries were forced to turn hungry people away, because they did not have enough food according to North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks.

Supermarkets should be required to donate food approaching its best-by date to charity organizations. To do this, a law should be introduced to the North Carolina legislature. Similar laws have been implemented in France, allowing more families to receive food assistance.  

If supermarkets were to partner with charity organizations, it could drastically reduce the amount of food insecure families and individuals in North Carolina. Help your food insecure neighbor. 



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