PARLIAMENT: END FOOD POVERTY IN CANADA!

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The objective of this Petition is to have the laws changed so that food cannot be thrown away without donating it to, not only food banks, but also non-profit organizations that help those in need.

The People of British Columbia, and Canada, Petition for the following:

  •  Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible food.
  •  Require Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banks and non-profit organizations that help families in need.
  •  Require Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banks and non-profit organizations that help families in need.

Every month people in Canada are having to make decisions whether to pay their bills or put healthy food on their tables to feed themselves and their families.  Whether they are employed, marginalized, at-risk, disabled or seniors, Canadians should not have to make this kind of decision.  Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, and there is no excuse for Canadians to go hungry.

Food Banks are a wonderful and much-needed asset for Canadians; and they do the best they can with what is donated to them.  But at least here in British Columbia, people registered at Food Banks are only allowed a food hamper once every two months.  That is not enough to feed hungry families on a daily basis.

4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity.

1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

In Canada, almost 200,000 tonnes of food ends up in landfills each year, which accounts for at least $31 billion in lost revenue and about four per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas inventory when it decays. 

Fear of liability is the largest barrier that prevents organizations
from donating foods.

And yet, "In Canada, no reported court decision has ever imposed liability on industry or any person for problems caused by donated foods."  -  HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows: (Food Donor Encouragement Act - [SBC 1997] CHAPTER 8)

Liability of donor
1  A person who donates food, or who distributes donated food, to another person is not liable for damages resulting from injuries or death caused by the consumption of the food unless:

(a) the food was adulterated, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption, and

(b) in donating or distributing the food, the person intended to injure or to cause the death of any person who consumed the food or acted in reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Liability of director, agent, etc.
2  A director, agent or employee of a corporation, or a volunteer who provides services or assistance to a corporation, that donates food or that distributes donated food is not liable for damages resulting from injuries or death caused by the consumption of the food unless

(a) the food was adulterated, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption, and

(b) in donating or distributing the food, the director, agent, employee or volunteer intended to injure or to cause the death of any person who consumed the food or acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Application of Act
3  This Act does not apply to a person who distributes donated food for profit.

  • Good Samaritan Laws - Legislation similar to BC’s Food Donor Encouragement Act exists in almost every Canadian province and territory.
  • Encourage grocery stores and companies to adhere to the Food Donor Encouragement Act; educate them and provide them with the resources they need to regularly donate food to those in need.
  • Enable non-profit organizations to request and receive food donations from organizations to distribute to those in need without being turned down because of organizational fear of liability.

 

Ensure that all Canadians have regular access to healthy food -
Canada, we are HUNGRY!

Sources:

Food Donor Encouragement Act - [SBC 1997] CHAPTER 8

https://www.change.org/p/parliament-end-food-waste-in-canada

http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/just-the-facts/

(Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie:  http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/national-strategy-aims-to-reduce-the-tonnes-of-food-going-to-waste-each-year-in-canada)

Food Donation Guidelines, 2015: 1. Industry Food Donations 2. Food Distribution Organizations with Grocery or Meal Programs.  BC Centre for Disease Control; An Agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.



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