Monday, March 13, 2017

New Jerseyans go hungry as mountains of food get tossed

A State Senate panel advanced a package of bills on Monday that seek to address a tragic problem--the throwing away of 160 million tons of food per year when more than a million Garden State residents cannot get three healthy meals a day. 



The bills would explore ways to curb food waste while encouraging the donation of food and food products to needy families.

Listen as Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith, above, explains the social and environmental impacts of food waste and how New Jersey lawmakers hope to deal with it.

Below is the list of food-waste bills released today from
Senator Smith's committee:

A-3056  Webber, J. (R-26)
Requires Dept. of Agriculture to develop voluntary guidelines to encourage school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food; extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" protections to school districts. 
Related Bill: S-2360
    
S-2360  Allen, D.B. (R-7)
Requires Department of Agriculture to develop voluntary guidelines to encourage school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food; extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" protections to school districts.
Related Bill: A-3056
                
S-3012  Lesniak, R.J. (D-20)
Allows NJ gross income tax deduction for charitable contributions of food made from business inventory.
Related Bill: A-2753
    
S-3026  Smith, B. (D-17); Thompson, S.D. (R-12)
Clarifies and expands liability protections for food donations and gleaning activities.
Related Bill: A-4634
    
S-3027  Smith, B. (D-17); Greenstein, L.R. (D-14)
Establishes State food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030.
Related Bill: A-4631

S-3028  Smith, B. (D-17); Greenstein, L.R. (D-14)
Establishes standards for food date labeling; requires Commissioner of Health to establish public education program and promulgate guidelines related to food safety.  Related Bill: A-4633

S-3030  Greenstein, L.R. (D-14); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Requires DEP to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste.
Related Bill: A-4632

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