Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Force major supermarkets to donate their leftover food to homeless shelters instead of throwing it away.
Supermarkets are throwing away perfectly good food instead of donating unsold groceries to the homeless. France recently passed legislation forcing supermarkets to donate their leftover food to homeless shelters rather than throwing it away. The new law states that French supermarkets must sign deals with charities by next year or face major penalties. However, supermarkets here in the United States and abroad have taken immense measures to ensure hungry people cannot go through their trash bins to get food. Some supermarkets even pour bleach over their trashcans or hide it from the public. We must use this food to combat the hunger crisis instead of throwing it in the trash.
In 2014, 48 million Americans lived in households without food security. Meanwhile, perfectly edible food was thrown away and wasted by major grocers. In 2010, 133 billion pounds of food was wasted in America, equaling about 161 billion dollars of wasted food. That is enough food to feed millions of families instead of being wasted in a landfill. We should be using this food to combat these two major issues in America, homelessness and environmental waste.
One man lost his job after taking food from a trash bin to feed his family. Others face public embarrassment by having to dig through dumpsters to feed their families when their minimum wage jobs do not give them enough money to afford groceries. We cannot allow hungry people to suffer when viable solutions are available. Sign this petition and demand that the United States follow in France’s footsteps and force supermarkets to donate their leftover food to shelters or feeding banks.
Dear President Obama,
The United States is facing a major food crisis. In 2014, 48 million Americans could not guarantee food security for their families and faced the fear of not being able to put food on the table for their children. Families have resorted to going through dumpsters of grocery stores to find food. One man even lost his job after being reported for taking food out of a garbage bin to feed his family.
In 2010, 31 percent of America’s food was thrown out while being perfectly edible. That equals 133 billion pounds of food and 161 billion dollars of usable food thrown away. Considering our waste epidemic as well as our hunger crisis, we should not be so wasteful with usable resources. France recently passed legislation to combat their similar issues, making it illegal for supermarkets to throw out usable food. All major supermarkets must sign contracts with charities to donate their food and failure to do so will result in major penalties.
I urge you to pass legislation for the United States that force supermarkets to make deals with homeless shelters and food banks to donate their unsold food. Donating unsold food will keep American citizens from going hungry as well as cut down on waste pollution.
[Your Name Here]
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