Petition to Angélique Delahaye, European Parliament, Antonio Tajani
Reduce food waste! Get rid of unnecessary "Best Before Dates"!
Best Before ...” is something we are all used to seeing on most of the food we consume daily. These dates are mandatory throughout the European Union. The problem with these dates, also called BBD (Best Before Date) or DMD (Date of Minimum Durability) is that they are frequently confused with “Use by” dates which are only mandatory for very perishable products, like meats. BBD or DMD is the date until which “the food retains its specific properties when properly stored”. In other terms, after this date, the food product can start losing its color, or its vitamin content etc... Which doesn’t mean it becomes unsafe to consume! These dates are confusing to the consumer, by letting them think the product is no longer good once the date has passed. This confusion creates massive food waste. In Europe, more than 170 kilos of food per person are thrown away every year! In reality, dry products such as rice, pasta, lentils, flour etc... can stay good for years. On the mean time, 25000 people starve to death each day. To get rid of this psychological barrier, we ask the European Union to revise its Regulation and to stop the obligation of indicating DMDs on dry products that don’t contain dairy or meats. Sign this petition to support our request! *** Les DLUO/DDM, produits où il est indiqué "à consommer de préférence avant le: .... " Peuvent être dépassées de plusieurs années. Pourtant elles laissent croire au consommateur que le produit sera dangereux si consommé 5 ou 10 ans après. Afin de faire sauter cette barrière psychologique, nous demandons aux députés européens de ne plus rendre ces dates obligatoires sur tous les produits sec, non carné.
Petition to Cynthia Chase, David Terrazas, Chris Krohn, Sandy Brown, Richelle Noroyan, Cynthia Mathews, Martine Watkins, Bruce McPherson, Ryan Coonerty, Jeff Rosell, Martín Bernal, Dr. Arnold Leff, Keith McHenry, Abbi Samuels
Support the right of Food Not Bombs to share free food, info and ideas in Santa Cruz
Petition in support of the right of groups like Food Not Bombs to share free food, information and ideas with the community in public spaces of Santa Cruz, California. We the undersigned support the right of groups like Food Not Bombs to share free food, information and ideas with the community in public spaces of Santa Cruz, California. There has never been a more important time for people to share free nutritious meals, information and ideas with the public. Political and economic instability threaten the future of our environment, our civil liberties, our safety and our community. Encouraging a change in society through public gatherings with literature, signs and a message that we have many hungry neighbors is a constitutionally protected First Amendment right. We endorse efforts to alleviate hunger and build public support to create a society of abundance and peace, where no one is forced to live on the streets or seek food at a soup kitchen. We also appreciate how the groups sharing free food pick up the litter after their meals leaving the area cleaner than they found it. Gifts of compassion and love are always an unregulated activity, never requiring permission from government officials. We ask you to support these rights and join in the effort to end hunger, poverty, war, exploitation and the destruction of the environment.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Matt Schaefer, Kevin Eltife, Louie Gohmert
No child goes hungry at school, no exceptions.
As of right now there is not a law in place that requires Texas schools to provide a meal to children who are required to pay for their lunch and do not have money on their account. Leaving the children who do not have lunch money without anything to eat throughout the day. As we know as parents and relatives of the children and attending school once ourselves, the child’s day can be very long. The average school day is eight to ten hours long, depending on after school activities. This concerns me for many reasons, one thought that comes to mind, is the children with health issues that need to eat but are not provided a meal and how dangerous that is. Another thought that comes to mind, is how this is effecting the children during a major time of body growth and brain development. My son, who attends a Texas public school was given crackers and cheese for lunch. He is a very active five-year-old boy and had flag football practice right after school. He came home hungry and tired and when asked what was wrong he told me about his lunch of so little. I was confused and infuriated, as all moms would be. When I called the school to discuss the matter, I spoke with a member of the cafeteria staff and I was informed that my son had an outstanding balance. Normally I would have been made aware of this by a letter sent home from the school but this time I was not so the balance went unpaid. I was also told that there is not a state law that requires the schools to feed the children who pay for lunch and do not have money on their account, however my son was provided with cheese and crackers. Was I supposed to be grateful my son was given cheese and crackers for lunch? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then I was told something that stuck with me, that this happens all the time. After much research, I found that this is a very real problem and it is often called child shaming because when the children are not given meals, they feel humiliated sitting next to their classmates who are eating their meal. I believe Texas can do better than this. A nutritious meal while the kids are learning and growing at school, where they should feel protected and secure, should not be something they worry about. Please join me in signing this petition so we can come together to be the difference in whether a child is provided with a caring nutritious meal or given nothing at all. We, the relatives and friends of the children of the state of Texas, petition the state to make law that all children, no matter the circumstances, are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day.
Petition to Paul Ryan, United States Congress
Pass the Food Recovery Act to Fight Food Waste and Hunger!
We Need to Pass Congresswoman Pingree’s Food Recovery Act Now Despite living in the richest country in the world, 48 million Americans still don’t know where their next meal will come from. That means a staggering 19 percent of households with children are food insecure. Meanwhile, we throw away nearly 40 percent of all food in the United States. This saddening reality is unacceptable, and we must do better. Instead of sending so much food to the landfill, we could be redistributing it to help those food insecure Americans. Because no one likes wasted food or hunger, this is truly a bi-partisan issue. But still, millions of pounds of good, healthy food goes uneaten every day because of systematic barriers that we know we can remove through specific policy changes. Last December, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree proposed the Food Recovery Act—legislation that proposes more than 15 ways to tackle wasted food and hunger in America. The bill presents a sweeping set of changes in four areas: Retail and Restaurants - strengthen food donation and study barriers that prevent donation of extra food; Schools and Institutions - expand grant programs to educate students about food waste and encourage food rescue. Revise National School Lunch Program rules to encourage use of produce that's local, fresh, tasty and less expensive but imperfect in shape or size; Consumers - clarify "sell-by" dates and sponsor a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of food waste and ways to prevent it; and Farms - enable usage of “ugly” fruits and vegetables and invest in storage and distribution programs to help food banks. Yet this bill is currently stalled in a House subcommittee. I’m Jordan Figueiredo, a solid waste specialist, and founder of EndFoodWaste.org and the @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland and creator of WastedFood.com, and I are asking you to join us in calling on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congress to help stop massive food waste by agreeing to introduce, support, and pass the Food Recovery Act. We are asking Congress to step up and do something simple, effective and beneficial for America, our farmers, our children and those in need. Wasted food is a major problem, and the Food Recovery Act would greatly minimize it. One out of six Americans lives in a food insecure home, yet we waste enough good food in the U.S. to feed them and nearly every single food insecure person on the planet (800 million). With statistics like this, it is simply irresponsible to continue the status quo. Last Fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency set a strong goal to reduce wasted food by 50 percent by 2030. Even more recently, Congress passed the America Gives More provision that solidified tax credits for any farm, store, or restaurant donating food to a non-profit agency. While this is a good start, it’s not nearly enough. Join myself and Jonathan and let’s ask Congress to take action! Tell them to support or even co-sponsor this bill in Congress so that we can reduce our disgraceful waste of food, and instead feed millions in need. Tell them you are sick of seeing so much wasted food in the richest county in the world while so many go to bed hungry at night! #FoodRecoveryActNow Find out more about the proposed Food Recovery Act at https://pingree.house.gov/foodwaste
Petition to Public
Help Stop World Hunger Now!
I care about ending World Hunger because millions of people suffer from this world-wide problem. Some people may be suffering from World Hunger, even if it's something that you would never guess. Others live in countries where poverty and hunger aren't uncommon. Many of these people may not have access to any sort of food relief programs, or agencies. Hunger may also be something that is passed down through a family. If a child lives through hunger into adulthood, and carries on to have their own family, they may not be able to get themselves, and their family, out of hunger. There is enough food in the world for everyone to be fed, but it just isn't being distributed properly. About 1/3 of all food that was produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted, worldwide, which is about 1.3 billion tons. World Hunger is something that can be solved with enough cooperation from dictators and world powers everywhere. The general public also needs to raise awareness, take action, and inspire others, including big powers, to do the same. Full petition: Did you know that about one in nine people suffer from hunger, and about one in seven die from it everyday? Many of the people that suffer from hunger are just small children, or have access to food, but simply can’t afford it. Because of World Hunger, many innocent people suffer and die, or live with the lifelong consequences. The following facts and stories will inspire you to take action and help out those who need it. The amount of people in hunger is unfortunately increasing. According to Chris Otter, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that one billion people suffer from world hunger, as of 2009. This means about one in nine people around the world are affected by world hunger. Much of the time, hunger leads to malnutrition; this can cause permanent damage. Such as, whole or partial blindness, and affected brain development, all of these can have a bigger impact if affecting someone of a young age. Some ordinary seeming people suffer from hunger, such as Christina Dreier and her family of four. She lives in Iowa, where she receives about $172 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits per month. Christina Aguilera is someone who is helping people suffering from hunger, like Christina Dreier. According to Karen Mayer Robinson and the World Food Programme website, Aguilera has helped raise over $200 million for only two different organizations. She has helped to raise over $66 million on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which was a widely televised charity fundraising event. Aguilera also helped to raise over $148 million for the World Food Programme, or WFP. The WFP helps over 45 countries, including Guatemala, Rwanda, and Haiti. People should care about this issue because millions die every year from hunger and helping to stop it comes in many shapes and forms. Many children and elderly around the world suffer from hunger, or even die from it. Some of these people can’t help what’s coming for them, because they were born into poverty and hunger. They may never have the opportunity to come out of this poverty and/or hunger because of living in a developing country, or not having any help from people who can provide it. Depending upon how committed you are, there are different ways that you can help. A simple way is to donate spare change to any food relief agencies or organizations, such as Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), WFP, or any Hope for Haiti Now telethon related program. Donating non-perishable food items to a local food shelf is another easy option. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that sends out nutritious food to people that need it. Even though this organization is Minnesota based, they help people globally. It’s also volunteer run which means you could sign up and visit during your weekend or free time. Each session is one and a half hours long and also includes a mini shop. All profits made go to the creators of the product, which are mostly struggling women on the African continent. Visit FMSC, or donate spare change to help out with a good cause. These stories and facts showed how many people a contribution to end World Hunger would help. Because of you, one less person could be suffering from hunger. Help make one in nine go down by simply donating some spare change, or volunteering a small portion of your time, and help make a difference in the the world.
Petition to Daniel Donovan
Tell Rep. Dan Donovan to VOTE NO to H.R. 2, the House Farm Bill
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our Nation's first line of defense against hunger, yet Rep. Donovan voted for the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that would slash funding for SNAP by more than $20 billion over the next ten years. These proposals would be devastating to children, veterans and senior citizens across the US, and here in NY-11. House leaders are attempting to re-consider the Farm Bill in another vote soon. TAKE ACTION and SIGN THE PETITION to tell Rep. Donovan to VOTE NO to H.R. 2 and any bill that would take meals off the plates of neighbors in need – and urge him to stand up for what is right.
Petition to Robert Garcia,, Jeannine Pearce, Suzie Price, Darlyl Supernaw, Stacy Mungo, Roberto Uranga, Rex Richardson, Lena Gonzalez, Al Austin ll, Dee Andrews
"Sign" Affordable Housing L.B. MLK/PCH "Black Community Builders"/We Care Long Beach Foun
Long Beach California has a shortness of housing and affordable housing also there is an exploding rise in rents. The City of Long Beach development opportunities diversity seems to be Lacking a lot. Jason Hunter "Owner of Black Community Builders" a long term city residence,retired City of Long Beach employee and a community organizer, The affordable housing project is known as the MLK/PCH where the old liquor store was and there were years of bad memories of murders, violence, drugs,and negativity. Now there's an chance to change a once negative corner to a beautiful affordable muti-family housing mix use building also with a black owed development company that will provide jobs with this development project, I am asking churches, businesses, organizations, students, families, residence, leaders, to sign this petition to allow Black Community Builders to go forth with this affordable housing project and let the Mayor and City Hall know we really need and want this to create jobs and housing.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell Congress not to cut funding that protects family farmers & hungry Americans!
The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States. In 2018, family farmers, the environment, and all Americans could suffer major losses if the Farm Bill is not adequately funded and passed this year. We’re asking Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 that helps all Americans, and to provide sufficient funding so that the programs actually work. The Farm Bill is critical to family farmers and ranchers because it covers: Programs that help keep food producers on the land during times of environmental and economic uncertainty Trade relationships and food exports Federal loan programs that help food producers access financial resources necessary to maintain their operations Programs to ensure the future of American agriculture by training and supporting beginning and socially disadvantaged producers The Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers – it affects consumers, rural communities, and the environment too: Helps farmers implement practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change Funds essential programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that make food affordable for vulnerable populations Backs programs that help rural communities thrive by bolstering economic growth and improving quality of life. But the success of the Farm Bill depends on two things: funding and timing. If Congress fails to pass the Farm Bill within the year, many of these important programs are at risk of expiring, leaving family farmers and hungry Americans without crucial support. Even if it is passed in 2018, if the programs don’t receive adequate funding, they won’t be able to do what they’re supposed to do - secure our nation’s food supply and natural resources, support our rural communities, and feed our hungry. Sign this petition to ask for a Farm Bill that’s fully funded and passed on time – and join Farmers Union to fight for a food system that works for all of us.