Require stores in Ohio to donate expired products to local food pantries/charities

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I am 17 years old and live in Geneva,OH. I make regular donations to the Geneva Food Panty and have exceeded 1,000 pounds of misc. foods solely relying on what stores throw away to donate. Stores in the United States throw away perfectly good food that has exceeded its expiration date because it may not be to optimal taste that the manufacturer of that product expects the customer to know for that product. In Geneva alone the current population hovers around 6,000 people based on 2016 statistics. Out of the 6,000 people, almost half of that received food products from the Geneva food panty which requires low income standards to receive such benefits. This is a problem we have all around the USA and nobody has done anything to stop it, even though the answer to our food problems, our huge wasted food problems, is right in front of us.

DAMONICH MEISTER EXPIRED DONATIONS ACT

I am seeking signatures towards a law that I believe will help Ohio financially, and environmentally. This law would require any store that sells food products including "Mom and Pop" stores to donate the expired products that normally get thrown away. This would include all products but the following:

Items that have expired that are stored below 45 degrees, but if a store donates these products (excluding milk or meat) would receive tax deductions depending on if the local charitable organization has the means to properly store the products. Soda beverages, juices, waters and other products excluding any dairy beverages or other products that could not sit out without being safe to consume are to be donated as they have a long shelf life, and re-fridgeration is optional not a standard.

Alcoholic Beverages

Bread products that have become unsafe to eat due to mold or other unsafe bacteria

Food products compromised by water, biohazards, or any substance that may make it unhealthy for human consumption.

Hot foods that have become unedible, but stores may donate these products and receive deductions per pound of food at half of what that store was selling it for and depending on if any local charity organization has the means to store and distribute that product only if the product was not stored at 140 degrees as FDA standards require for more than one day (24 hour) period.

All other products are required to be donated without tax deductions being given but a contract must be set with any willing charitable organization as long as one is within 30 miles of any store that sells food products that expire. Stores may still receive tax deductions for any products that are not expired.

Times and delivery practices are to be negotiated between the food-seller and charitable organization, as if one was set that may be inconvienient to many organizations and stores as schedules, staffing and availability is incoherent. 

It is at the discretion of the charitable organization receiving the products of how to distribute them such as setting standards as low income families may only receive food products that otherwise would have been wasted.

Fines and penalties are to be determined based upon severity of violations and half of all fines are to be distributed to local charitable organizations while the other half is split with the local general fund and the rest to the state.

Stores are subject to random inspections and are required to keep records on any items that are on the not required to donate until product has been disposed of. If a product has expired and is not on the list but must be disposed of due to other risks that effect the products safety, that product is to be recorded until disposed of to protect the store from receiving fines.

Stores are not to intentionally poison food products to avoid foraging as (FOR EXAMPLE) pouring hazardous chemicals, spraying products with spray paint or any other actions are harmful to the environment and are at the stores discretion on how to find environmentally, and cost friendly ways of disposing of their chemicals rather than using it to poison foods.

I hope for all who read this to understand the benefits of this law, how we as Ohians can progress and contribute to those who are less fortunate eat because of financial problems, no matter what the situation is everyone deserves a meal every day. As for the lawmakers that can make this possible, I believe this law will put us above and beyond the other 49 states in caring for our own people, and our environment and I hope that this law if enacted can be one of the smaller dominoes, leading to the victory of all 50 states being as progressive as this law requires, while keeping the free-enterprise market intact and even making it easier for any food-seller to receive tax deductions.

Please show your support and share this on any social media you may have, and if you have any questions email me at dmeister01@gmail.com

 

 



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