Friday, October 2, 2009

Donating Surplus Food to Establish a City Food Policy

Recently, I introduced legislation that would allow the City of Los Angeles to donate surplus food to food banks and non-profits. Earlier, I presented a resolution in support of State Senate Bill 35, which would establish a state-wide database linking food banks and non-profits with food service providers that want to donate surplus food. Both actions aim to help those who disperse food to the needy throughout the City of Los Angeles and to establish a comprehensive City food policy. According to Hunger Action L.A., approximately 30 percent of L.A. County families consider themselves “food insecure,” and with the current economic climate, many food banks are seeing increased need while experiencing a shortage in donations. There are many things that we can do to help others, this is only the first step. Read L.A. Times story HERE.
Photo by Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times