Require Supermarkets to Donate Extra Food to Charities


Target: Speaker of the House, John Boehner

Goal: Require all supermarkets in the United States to donated edible unused food to charities.

France recently passed a law that makes it illegal for supermarkets to throw away or destroy unsold food. In America, thousands of pounds of food are thrown up into the dumpsters because they do not fit the standards that these supermarkets are looking for. These foods are still edible, and yet there are millions of people who are hungry in the United States. France is donating these foods to charities and it’s about time the United States did the same thing. Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to require all supermarkets to donate their edible unused food to charities.

France’s new law has been praised by various health and human rights organizations. The law not only requires that French supermarkets donate their food to charities, but they are not allowed to ruin the food as well. Some supermarkets, in an effort to deter people from digging through the dumpsters, will sometimes dump bleach onto discarded food. This is a huge waste of resources, and sends the wrong message towards those who are hungry.

The United States has nothing in place regarding unsold food. At best, some businesses and restaurants will voluntarily send their food to charities. It is time the United States made sure that unsold food doesn’t go to waste. There are millions of people in the country who go to bed hungry, but lawmakers can prevent this. Urge those in Congress to craft a law requiring all businesses to donate unsold, but edible food to charities so hungry people can be fed.


Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,

It is estimated that 1 out of 6 people in America goes to bed hungry. In 2013 17.5 households in the country did not have access to enough food to feed those in their homes, and this percentage is higher when there are children involved. There are 49 million people who are struggling to make sure that everyone is fed in their homes.

And yet there are supermarkets and restaurants where edible food is being thrown away because the product doesn’t meet the company’s standards, or people simply don’t eat the food. This waste could be used to feed people and it’s high time the United States required these businesses to donate their food waste to charities. I implore you and those in Congress to craft a law doing just that. Our citizens, especially children, should not be going to bed hungry. They should not be struggling to put food on the table when there is edible food to go around.


[Your Name Here]

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