Monday, May 18, 2009

Donate Catered Food

Did you know that if you have a party catered at a hotel or other venue that you can have the leftover food donated to a charity or homeless shelter?

However, you will not find any caterer offering to do this for you. They will cite fears of lawsuits over spoiled food, inconvenience of arranging pick-up, or some other excuse. The bottom line is this; people are starving all over the world, and when there is so much left over food from all sorts of parties and events, it makes sense that left-over food should be donated.

We even have a federal law that protects restaurants and caterers from the fear of lawsuits. There are no valid excuses. The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was signed into law (PL 104-210) on 10-1-96 by then President Bill Clinton.

California State Senator, Jenny Oropeza has sponsored a bill to require the notification that food can be donated, but has met strong resistance from restaurants.

You can make a difference. Tell whoever caters your next event, or one that you attend, that the left-over food should be donated. Be prepared with a charity or homeless shelter in mind with the contact information of the individual responsible to receive the food. People do not have to go hungry.

For more details, please see the article from the Los Angeles Times dated March 25, 2009 by David Lazarus.


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