>>Sens. Toomey, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Increase Food Donations
(Washington, DC) -- U.S. Senators Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut are introducing a bill that would expand food donation efforts for manufacturers, restaurants and grocers. The Food Donation Improvement Act would encourage donations by extending liability protections to food donors when food is either given directly to a person in need or when a recipient pays a deeply reduced cost. They say restaurants and retailers are hesitant to donate their leftover and unused food because of potential lawsuits. The senators say nearly 40 percent of the country's food goes to waste.