Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Reducing Food Waste

Keep posted to for updates on Congresswoman Pingree's legislation.

The United States wastes a staggering amount of food, resulting in environmental problems, billions in economic costs, and a lost opportunity to help feed the 50 million Americans who are food insecure.  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has been a leader in pushing legislation in Congress to address this problem. 

  • The Food Recovery Act takes comprehensive steps to reduce food waste on the farm, in stores, institutions, and at home. Press release & Statements of Support | Bill Summary 
  • The Food Date Labeling Act (114th Congress--will be reintroduced) aims to make food date labels more consistent and less confusing, so less food is needlessly thrown out. More information here.


More on Reducing Food Waste

Dec 17, 2015 Press Release

A tax break that Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says will reduce food waste passed the House today as part of a larger package of tax provisions. The provision creates a permanent, "enhanced" tax deduction for grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers who donate excess food to organizations like food banks and soup kitchens.
The provision, which is part of Pingree's Food Recovery Act, was originally introduced in a bill written by Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).

Dec 10, 2015 Press Release

UPDATE:  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement after being contacted by Shaw’s Supermarkets.

Dec 9, 2015 Press Release
Pingree's Food Recovery Act aims to reduce food waste
Dec 8, 2015 Page
Full text of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's bill to reduce food waste, as well as links to its status in the legislative process.
Dec 7, 2015 Press Release

food waste press conference
(Portland, ME)  At a press event at the Portland Food Co-Op, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said she will be introducing a bill today in Congress aimed at reducing the amount of food that is wasted each year in the United States.  The Food Recovery Act includes nearly two dozen provisions to reduce food waste across the economy.

Nov 23, 2015 Editorial

The following piece was sent to area newspapers in November 2015.

food waste dataHere are two figures that don’t add up: 40 percent of the food produced in the United States gets thrown out while nearly 50 million Americans can’t reliably access enough food to meet their nutrition needs.  

Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

Comprehensive legislation attacks food waste in schools, restaurants, stores and farms
food waste
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that she will be introducing comprehensive legislation this fall to attack the problem of wasted food.