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RESCUING LEFTOVER CUISINE

In Collaboration with Feeding Our Neighbors


 Everything you need to know about donating surplus prepared food in Massachusetts.

Feeding Our Neighbors is an initiative based in New England dedicated to educating Event Professionals about the law & logistics of donating uneaten prepared food. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization based in NYC with a growing branch here in MA. RLC is FON's suggested method for food donation.
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WHY DONATE UNEATEN FOOD?
According to The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), nearly 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. We are throwing out the equivalent of about $165 billion each year, while uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills, accounting for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing wasted food by about 15% would be enough to feed over 25 million Americans annually at a time when one in six Americans are experiencing food insecurity. Increasing the efficiency of our food system requires collaborative efforts by businesses, governments and consumers.

According to Feeding America, there were 701,630 Food Insecure people in MA in 2015, making the food insecurity rate 10.3% in the State.

According to The Wedding Report, there were 44,579 weddings in MA in 2016. With an average of 120 guests per wedding @ 1 lb. per meal wasted, this adds up to 5,349,480 lbs. of wasted food per year in MA alone (nearly 2,675 tons) according to RecyclingWorks Food Waste Estimator.

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. IT'S EASY.


1. THERE ARE NO LIABILITY ISSUES.

There has NEVER been a lawsuit related to food donation. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Emerson Act) passed in 1996 by President Clinton protects good faith donors from criminal and civil liability when donating "Apparently Wholesome"  food to nonprofit organizations. The Food Donation Act of 2017 clarifies and expands food donation under the Emerson Act. Read Massachusetts-specific language here.


2. DONATING FOOD SAVES YOU MONEY.

Forward this valuable information from Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and Food To Donate to your accountant. Both links explain Enhanced Tax Benefits for your business.

It needs to be clear who owns the food when donating, based on the contract between the caterer and the client. If the client owns the food, they get the write-off but are also responsible for the donation itself. If the venue/caterer owns the food, they get the write-off and are responsible for the donation.

Learn more about Food Donation Guidance from RecyclingWorks.


3. WHAT FOOD IS ELIGIBLE FOR DONATION?

All surplus fresh and prepared food that has been properly stored and kept out of the Danger Zone may be donated UNLESS it has been served. Buffet and food left out during Cocktails is eligible.

It is suggested the business purchases Cold Stones from CateringStone to keep Cocktail Hour food safe (most economical over time).  Discounts available: 10% NACE; or further discount for volume of 12 or more.



4. BENEFITS:

Employees will feel better about their job by doing the right thing.

Your clients will feel great about donating wasted food.

Participants will receive PR from RLC, including a badge which you can share on your web site and social media.





6. HOW DO I START?

Click this link and sign up! Rescuing Leftover Cuisine will gladly pick up your surplus fresh and prepared food within 12-48 hours. There is no plate minimum. 




7. BE OUR STAR!

Share your good deeds with us: send dana@rescuingleftovercuisine.org a photo from your food pickup and a quote, and we will spread the love on Social and tag you and/or your business. 


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