Save Good Food Action Alert

On March 28, 2017 at 11am a public hearing has been scheduled to discuss the Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017. The proposed Act includes new and innovative strategies for decreasing wasted food in the District including tax credits for donating food to charities, expanded liability protections for donors, streamlined date labels for safety, and a new food donation guide. Please volunteer to send a letter or email or testify in-person at the public hearing.  Details on how to get involved are included in our community action guide below.

Community Action Guide – Prepared by the DC Food Policy Council’s Working Group on Sustainable Food Procurement

What does this bill do? The Save Good Food Amendment Act proposed four common sense actions that will help curb food waste in Washington, DC:

  • It creates a local tax credit up to $5,000 for DC food businesses that donate healthy food to charitable organizations. This is meant to especially help small businesses make the choice to donate excess food to groups serving people in need, rather than throwing it away.
  • It expands liability protections for food donors who give food directly to an individual or family in need, because current protections are focused on covering those who give food to nonprofits serving as a ‘middle man’ of food distribution.
  • It expands liability protection to nonprofits that re-distribute donated food but charge a nominal fee to cover processing or handling costs. Previously, there was concern that liability only protected giving food away for free, but this will help nonprofits offset some of the costs of turning donated food into appealing, useful food products for people in need.
  • It takes on the confusion caused by different date labels (“use by”, “sell by”, “best by”, and so on), and instead requires the District of Columbia government to educate city health inspectors about how these dates actually pertain to food safety so that food retailers do not throw food away unnecessarily.

 

How can you help make this bill a real law?

You can tell the Council of the District of Columbia that you want this bill to pass!

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00AM in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC), the Committee on Health & the Committee on Finance & Revenue will hold a Public Hearing on the Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017. In-person testimonies make a big difference to our Councilmembers, so making the time to join this hearing will have a big impact on the bill’s success!

 

What do I have to do if I want to participate in this hearing?

Those who wish to testify should contact Sarina Loy, Committee Assistant at (202) 724-8058 or sloy@dccouncil.us, and provide your name, organizational affiliation (if any), and title with the organization by 11 :00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017. You must bring 15 copies of your written testimony to the hearing.

As an individual, you will have 3 minutes to speak, and if you represent an organization or business, you may have up to 5 minutes. Written testimony can be as long as you’d like, but what you say to the Council needs to fit in those timeframes. Remember that one page of double-spaced text (about 250 words) takes about 2 minutes to read aloud, so we recommend planning your remarks accordingly. After you testify, the Council may ask follow-up questions about what you’ve said and why you care about this issue. If you’ve never testified before the DC Council before, we recommend reviewing this brief, helpful guide.

In terms of structuring your testimony, we recommend:

  • Thanking the Councilmembers for convening this hearing and considering this bill;
  • Briefly introducing yourself and/or your organization/business;
  • Explaining why you care about the issue of food waste;
  • Explaining how one or more of the four pieces of this bill will make a difference to you, your organization, or your community;
  • Expressing any concerns you might have about elements of this bill that might be incomplete or in need of additional clarification;
  • Close by thanking the Councilmembers for listening and re-stating clearly whether you think the Council should support this legislation and make it a law of DC;

Lastly, be sure to practice reading your testimony aloud before the big day, and timing how long it takes you. Practicing will help you stay on time and make your points clearly and succinctly.

 

What can I do if I can’t testify that day?

You can still submit written testimony to Sarina Loy, Committee Assistant at sloy@dccouncil.us or notify the Councilmembers on the Health Committee about your support of the bill through the contact information listed here: http://dccouncil.us/committees/committee-on-health.

 

Any other questions?

Thank you for being part of the movement to fight food waste in our community! Please direct any questions or concerns to alexander.moore@dcbc.dc.gov.

Urban Agriculture & Food System Education Working Group Meeting Recap

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The Urban Agriculture & Food System Education Working Group met on  Tuesday September 13th from 6-8pm.
Location:Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Key Questions for Discussion

  1. What process can we expect from District agencies and policymakers to implement the Urban Farm and Food Security Act?
  2. What key amendments are needed to implement the Urban Farm and Food Security Act?
  3. How will key stakeholders at this meeting maintain communication, transparency, and partnership moving forward?
  4. What gaps exist is supporting urban farmers in the District?

Agenda Items

  • Introductions and Opening Statements – (6:00-6:15 pm)
    • Food Policy Director Welcome & Introduction to Working Group
    • Co-chairs Introductions
    • Brief Background on DCFPC – Director will present for those who may not have attended the first meeting
  • Overview of and Discussion of Urban Farm and Food Security Act (6:15-6:45 pm) Food Policy Director
  • Invited Comments regarding status of Urban Farm and Food Security Act of 2014 (6:45-7:00 pm); Department of General Services; Department of Parks and Recreation; THEARC Farm; Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.
  • Discussion of Working Group short-term (1-year) and long term (3-year) priorities (7:00 – 7:30pm)
    • Identifying land, developing a process
    • FPC Director will assist with facilitation
  • Questions from Community Members (7:30-7:50 pm)
    • Questions may be submitted in advance to robinson@dcbc.dc.gov and christopher.bradshaw@dcbc.dc.gov (please include “Urban Farming Questions” in the email title) or to @dcfoodpolicy on Twitter. They may also be written out on the index cards provided to the audience at the beginning of the meeting. Questions will be selected and read by Food Policy Council Members as time allows and the rest will be submitted to appropriate parties via email.
  • Outcomes and Next Steps (7:50-8:00 pm)

Meeting Notes

Subcommittee Members

Christopher Bradshaw, Co-Chair christopher.bradshaw@dcbc.dc.gov

Joelle Robinson, Co-Chair robinson@dcbc.dc.gov

Food Equity, Access, and Health & Nutrition Education Working Group Meeting Recap

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The Food Equity, Access, and Health and Nutrition Education Working Group met on Wednesday September 14th from 6-8pm. 

Location: Dorothy Heights/Benning Neighborhood Library East River Park Shopping Center, 3935 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC 20019

Agenda

6:00-6:05PM: Welcome and Introductions Food Policy Director,Laine Cidlowski 

6:05-6:15PM: Feedback from first Food Policy Council meeting and member retreat Alex Ashbrook, Working Group Co-Chair Paula Reichel, Working Group Co-Chair

6:15-6:30PM: Introduction to FEED DC Act Megan Brown & Ona Balkus, Office of Councilmember Mary Cheh

6:30-6:45PM: Progress update on Grocery Store Development Program Beverly Wheeler, DC Hunger Solutions,  Marie Whittaker, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

6:45-7:00PM: Progress update on Healthy Food Retail Program Nola Liu, DC Central Kitchen

7:00-7:30PM: Facilitated brainstorm on areas of improvement and other group policy priorities

7:30-7:45PM: Next Steps

7:45-8:00PM: Announcements

Meeting Notes

 

 

Subcommittee Members:

Alex Ashbrook, Co-Chair alexandra.ashbrook@dcbc.dc.gov

Paula Reichel, Co-Chair paula.reichel@dcbc.dc.gov

Tambra Raye Stevenson, tambraraye.stevenson@dcbc.dc.gov

Local Food Business & Labor Development Working Group Meeting Recap

The Local Food Business & Labor Development Working Group met on Tuesday September 6th from 6-8pm. 
Location: DCRA, 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor Conference Room

 Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Brief Background on DCFPC – Director can present for those who may not have attended the first meeting
  • Reports and comments on Standing Strategic Issue Areas & Goals for Working Group (FPC Director will assist with facilitation).
  • Reports of Co-Chairs of the Working Group (what will the meeting cover and in what format)
  • Introduce what the working group is and try to set expectations.
  • Understanding what the public perception of the working group is and what is expected of us.
  • Set priorities for the near-medium term, especially (a) laying the foundation of the larger food economy report; and (b) at least one other priority that we think is feasible given our lack of human and financial capital.
  • Discuss public goals – near and medium.
  • Announcements
    • Member Announcements
    • Public announcements, go around the table or room
  • Next Meeting – Announce Date & Time

Meeting Notes

Sustainable Procurement Working Group Meeting Recap

img_6553 img_6554The Sustainable Food Procurement Working Group met on Wednesday September 7th from 6-8pm.
Location: Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Key Questions for Discussion

  1. What progress can we expect in DC Public Schools foodservice by the end of this school year?
  2. How will the key stakeholders at this meeting maintain communication, transparency, and partnership moving forward?
  3. What gaps in school nutrition policy and practice require additional study and action by this Working Group?

Agenda Items

  • Introductions and Opening Statements
  • Report from Dr. Stacey Snelling, Dr. Sarah Belson, and Erin Watts of American University: “Creating environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice for students in the school cafeteria”
  • Invited Comments from: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE); DC Public Schools Office of Food & Nutrition Services; DC Central Kitchen; SodexoMAGIC; DC Greens & the DC Farm to School Network; DC School Food Project
  • Questions for Invited Presenters from the Food Policy Council
  • Questions from community members
    • Questions may be submitted in advance to moore@dcbc.dc.gov (please include “School Food Questions” in the email title) or to @dcfoodpolicy on Twitter. They may also be written out on the index cards provided to the audience at the beginning of the meeting. Questions will be selected and read by Food Policy Council Members as time allows and the rest will be submitted to appropriate parties via email.
  • Outcomes & Next Steps

Meeting Notes

First DC Food Policy Council Meeting – August 3, 2016

 

On Wednesday August 3rd, about 150 community members met to kick off the first formal meeting of the District of Columbia Food Policy Council. Photos, notes, and the agenda from the event are included below.

DCFPC Meeting Agenda August 2016

Introductory Presentation August 2016

DC Food Policy Council August 2016 Meeting Notes

Summary of the DC Food Policy Council