McKinley, Kaptur Introduce Legislation to Reduce Food Waste, Fight Hunger

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Washington, October 2, 2019 | comments

Representatives David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) introduce legislation to help food banks serve their their communities by providing funding for the transportation of food.

The Food Recovery Transportation Act, H.R. 4541 would establish a grant program to provide organizations involved in food recovery with funds for the transportation of donated food. In 2017, 40 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, yet Americas waste about 1.3 billion tons of food each year.

"Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit and tour the Mountaineer Food Bank. While there, I was told that their number one issue is transporting donated food," Rep. McKinley said. “The funds from these grants can help to not only feed those in need but also prevent food from being wasted. When I was in the West Virginia State Legislature, we created a similar initiative, and the results were incredible.”

“I am proud to work with my friend and colleague, Representative David McKinley, on the Food Waste Recovery Transportation Act,” Rep. Kaptur said. “This bipartisan legislation will help our industrious foodbanks and other public food program service providers improve and expand the vital services they provide to our communities. The legislation will also help our smaller farmers shrink food waste by increasing opportunity for more efficient transportation of their goods from farm to the people.  I am thrilled to collaborate on a bill that will help reduce food insecurity and waste.”  

The funds from these grants would be used to purchase or lease vehicles to carry donated food, and to help reimburse volunteers for travel costs related to picking up and delivery of donated foods.  To read the full text of the bill click here.

Congressman McKinley has been passionate about reducing food waste and fighting hunger since his time in the West Virginia State Legislature, when he created a pilot program to donate excess food from schools and other institutions to people in need.

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