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Reducing Food Waste

During Small Business Week, Pingree Recognizes Maine 1st District SBA Award Winners

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As Maine and the country celebrate National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is recognizing First District Small Business Association (SBA) 2022 Small Business Award winners for their hard work and contributions to their communities. Six small business owners in Pingree’s district are being honored this year, including Tyler Frank of Portland, who was named Maine Small ...

Rep. Pingree Applauds Biden for Announcing Plan to Hold 1st White House Food Conference in 50+ Years, Following Passage of Congressional Funding to Reestablish Summit

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed the news that President Biden will hold a White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health this September, following repeated calls from dozens of Democratic and Republican Representatives. Pingree, who also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, championed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus spending bill that provided ...

With Mainers Turning to Food Banks, Pingree Backs Bill to Incentivize Donations

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Shontel M. Brown (D-Ohio), Fred Keller (R-Pa.) and Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) introduced the Further Incentivizing Nutritious Donations of Food Act or FIND Food Act. The bipartisan bill would expand existing and create new tax deductions and credits to better incentive farmers and suppliers to donate food. Rising food prices have pushed more Americans t...

With Waivers Set to Expire, Pingree Redoubles Efforts to Protect Reliable Access to School Meals

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With child nutrition waivers set to soon expire, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is doubling down on her efforts to protect reliable access to school meals as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Maine schools, families, and communities. Since the early days of the pandemic, Pingree has fought to extend these waivers to mitigate hunger as food insecurity rates increased across Main...

Pingree, Brownley, Kuster, Booker Introduce Bills to Incentivize Sustainable Practices in Food Consumption

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Today, Congresswomen Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Julia Brownley (D-CA), and Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) introduced two bills, the Zero Food Waste Act and the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion Of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act, to reduce the amount of food wasted in the U.S. and to redirect food waste to composting projects. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation ...

Responding to Congresswoman Pingree’s Request, GAO Releases Food Date Labeling Report

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In response to request for study made by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in October 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report which confirmed food date labeling to be a significant source of consumer confusion and subsequently food waste. Pingree praised the report titled “Date Labels on Packaged Foods: USDA and FDA Cou...

Pingree, Newhouse, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, Applaud Presidential Message Promoting Food Waste Reduction in April

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), the co-chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, welcomed President Trump’s announcement that his administration will focus on food waste reduction throughout April. The president’s official message states that food waste “undermines environmental stewardship and the ability of America...

Pingree Joins Secretary of Agriculture Perdue for Roundtable on Food Waste Reduction

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as her colleague Congressman David Young (R-IA) and stakeholders, for a roundtable discussion on the issue of food waste. “I applaud Secretary Perdue for exploring what USDA can do to help reduce the massive amount of food that goes to waste in the United States. As food waste is a cos...

Reps. Pingree, Young Launch Bipartisan Food Waste Caucus

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Congressman David Young (R-IA) launched a bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste. Last Friday was “Stop Food Waste Day,” an international day of action to address food waste. It is estimated that 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Re...

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