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Reducing Food Waste

Introducing commonsense bill to standardize food date labeling

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today introduced commonsense bicameral legislation to standardize food date labeling. The current dizzying array of date labels on food products—such as “sell by,” “use by,” and “expires on”— confuses consumers and contributes to 90 percent of Americans prematurely tossing perfectly safe food. The lawmakers today intr...

Federal program expanding to help small farmers reach local markets

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Loan program will help farmers buy refrigerated trucks, storage and processing facilities, thanks to legislation written by Pingree Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a big expansion of a loan program that will now help small farmers acquire refrigerated trucks and mobile processing and storage facilities so they can more easily get their...

Tax provision touted by Pingree to reduce food waste passes House

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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...

Shaw's Supermarket chief tells Pingree that company will reconsider food donation policy

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said that the president of Shaw's Supermarkets told her that the company would revisit their policy on donating perishable food to groups that work to feed hungry families. Jim Rice, head of the Shaw's chain, told Pingree that the company is committed to helping local hunger organizations and would reexamine a decision made two years ago to stop a program that sent f...

Pingree concerned about Shaw's decision to end donations to food banks

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UPDATE: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement after being contacted by Shaw’s Supermarkets. Shaw's has told me they will reinstate the food donation program that benefits the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. That's great news for the program in Brunswick and I'm glad Shaw's reconsidered. But there are a lot of other hunger programs around the state that could benefit f...

Pingree introducing landmark legislation aimed at reducing food waste in grocery stores, restaurants, schools and farms

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(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. "Forty percent of all food produced in the United States each year is w...

How cutting food waste can help address hunger

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The following piece was sent to area newspapers in November 2015. Here 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. As so many people go hungry, wasted food represents a serious concern and an exciting opportunity. If we diverted just 15 perc...

Congresswoman Pingree to introduce bill to reduce food waste

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Comprehensive legislation attacks food waste in schools, restaurants, stores and farms Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that she will be introducing comprehensive legislation this fall to attack the problem of wasted food. "About 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted. That costs us money, is bad for the environment, and means people are going hungry when perfectly good food is ending ...

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