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ABOUT FON

1 IN 8 PEOPLE ARE FOOD INSECURE IN MASSACHUSETTS (INCLUDING CHILDREN)


Feeding Our Neighbors is an initiative whose primary purpose is to educate Event Professionals and our Clients about the law and logistics regarding surplus prepared food donation after events; and to make food donation an industry-wide best practice.



WHY FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS?

For many years, catering and event industry professionals have witnessed thousands of tons of wholesome food being dumped at the end of events. The FON Committee came together to change this.

The Committee began by researching the law as it applied to food donations from venues and caterers to food rescue operations. We quickly discovered the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, passed by Congress in 1996, specifically written in order to encourage food donation.

The law protects good faith donors from any and all, criminal and civil liability when donating apparently wholesome food to non-profit organizations. The Bill Emerson Act creates an umbrella of national protection to all individuals, corporations, venues, caterers and food rescue operations.

Photo: Feeding Our Neighbors Committee members Naomi Raiselle, Tasha Bracken and Dana Siles during food pickup at the home of Ernie Boch, donating to Boston Rescue Mission.