DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Jerry McNerney
Sent By: Tyler.Hanson@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 4382
Date: 1/29/2016

Co-Sponsor H.R. 4382, the Food Waste Accountability Act

Dear Colleague,

In 2014, more than 17 million American households were food insecure at some point during the year. In that same year, approximately 61 percent of food insecure households participated in at least one of three federal food assistance programs.

Approximately 30 to 40 percent of America’s food is wasted every year. The USDA Economic Research Service estimates that approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food was wasted in 2010. According to the USDA, that amount of waste has a dramatic impact on food security, resource conservation, and climate change.

The Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 encourages federal food contractors to donate surplus food to nonprofit organizations that benefit individuals who are food insecure. While the law encourages this action, it is not required and does not include reporting requirements or any other means of determining whether this guidance is being followed. Additional oversight and accountability will save taxpayer money and help provide food to food insecure households.

H.R. ­­­­4382, the Food Waste Accountability Act of 2016, creates reporting requirements for federal food service providers, which will reveal how much edible food contractors throw away, donate to organizations that serve food insecure people, and recycle. This is the first step toward curbing government waste and encourages contractors to think twice before throwing away edible food that could benefit families in need.

Please join me by cosponsoring the Food Waste Accountability Act.  For more information or to cosponsor the bill, please contact Tyler Hanson at tyler.hanson@mail.house.gov or at (202) 225-1947.

Sincerely,

Jerry McNerney

Member of Congress