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City Adopts a Groundbreaking New Surplus Food Policy

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This week the LA City Council voted unanimously to approve a new policy for all City departments and elected offices for donating surplus food, and proponents of the policy believe it could be a model program for the rest of the country. The vote followed the presentation of a final report on the policy, which has enjoyed widespread support as it moved towards implementation.Backed by non-profit food advocates and Councilmember José Huizar, the new policy will see to it that surplus food is delivered to area food banks and other aid organizations n the city. Information about how to get food to the right agency, what food is safe and appropriate to donate, and information about the organizations accepting the food donations is available via a website set up to help implement the program.

Said Huizar following the vote: “Today we are taking a historic step in eradicating hunger in the City of Los Angeles. By establishing a Surplus Food program, we will increase food donations to needy Angelenos, including a growing number of families and children. Furthermore, today’s action will establish a policy that can be expanded to the private sector. Our goal is quite simply to make donating surplus food in the City of Los Angeles as common as recycling.”

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