27 percent of all food is thrown out, which works out to a pound of food every day for every American.
Why don’t restaurants donate food the the needy? It seems they cite liablity and other issues.
Feeding America-  Feeding America, the nation’s largest charitable hunger relief organization. Hi Karen, I totally support your idea in donating excess food to those who could fend off hunger using it.
Food scraps make up 66 percent of restaurants’ trash, compared to 52 percent at fast food places. Feeding America supports a network of 206 food banks in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Yes but restaurants frequently claim that donating the excess food is a waste of time or a liability.
Before September 2008, Feeding America was named America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network.
I was wondering though – what kind of liability or problem can the restaurant face if it is merely trying to help people by donating the excess food which would be dumped in the trash anyway.
The organization adopted a rebranding effort in order to help better educate and engage the public about our role in the fight against hunger. The new brand will allow them to build the support they need to feed 1 million more people each year, to significantly increase participation in federal nutrition programs, and to inspire the public to take action.
But if the people wanting the food come to the restaurant and take what they need of the excess food then it wouldn’t be that much of a problem would it? Maybe we can better understand the problems faced by restaurant owners in donating excess food.



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