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    Donation Liability Education

    Diversion Potential:
    57K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:
    $2,810

    GHGs Reduced:
    210K Tons

    Meals Recovered:
    95M Meals

    Definition

    Educating potential food donors on donation liability laws

    Challenges

    • The federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects donors and recipients from civil or criminal liability short of gross negligence and misconduct. However, this legislation remains unproven and untested in court, leaving corporate legal departments without a precedent to follow that would allow them to fully support food donation.
    • It is challenging to create scalable solutions, which requires awareness campaigns and educational materials to change mindsets for a wide variety of businesses.
    • The high turnover of staff requires ongoing training to be effective.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Federal government can provide additional guidance on the Good Samaritan Act to increase clarity for businesses.
    • Nonprofits can develop training guides for businesses.
    • Nonprofits can publicly recognize business leaders to get buy-in from other executives and sponsor peer-to-peer business networking events to dispel liability concerns.
    • Businesses can include information on donation as a standard set of employee on-boarding trainings.
    • Nonprofits and researchers can provide research to develop a simple data-driven framework for businesses to evaluate food-safety risks.

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