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    The federal government can enact smart policies that will cost-effectively create jobs and alleviate hunger.

    Key Federal Government Actions

    • Retain and expand Donation Tax Incentives for businesses that donate food.
    • Introduce national Standardized Date Labeling legislation (if industry does not make voluntary progress).

    Key Federal Government Solutions

    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Meals Recovered

    Donation Tax Incentives

    Expanding federal tax benefits for food donations to all businesses and simplifying donation reporting for tax deductions

    $1,230 /ton
    in financial benefit

    383 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    638 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    874 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    110 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Donation Transportation

    Providing small-scale transportation infrastructure for local recovery as well as long-haul transport capabilities

    $2,294 /ton
    in financial benefit

    110 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    183 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    407 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    53 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    1,604
    jobs created

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    Produce Specifications (Imperfect Produce)

    Accepting and integrating the sale of off-grade produce (short shelf life, different size/shape/color), also known as "imperfect produce", into food business menu planning and product lines

    $1,039 /ton
    in financial benefit

    266 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    422 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    39 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Meals Recovered

    Standardized Donation Regulation

    Standardizing local and state health department regulations for safe handling and donation of food through federal policy

    $2,863 /ton
    in financial benefit

    193 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    322 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    714 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    93 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Tools for action

    The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.

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