SPECIAL INVITE ONLY SESSION - EXCESS FOOD ACT
Bedford 2020 cordially invites you to attend an invite-only session on the Excess Food Act, endorsed by all 17 of the Westchester County Legislators and the Town Board of Greenburgh. This session will be held as part of the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on Saturday March 4th at Fox Lane High School. It will be held in the School Library from 2:00 - 2:30 pm.
Modeled after the successful law adopted by the Republic of France last year, the Excess Food Act would require large supermarkets to make excess, edible food that would otherwise be disposed of available to charities and religious organizations that provide food to the needy. This is food that is otherwise being thrown away in the ordinary course of business, and then being dumped in landfills where the waste creates environmentally harmful gases.
The law would help millions of New Yorkers. Nationally, 60 - 100 million pounds of edible food are thrown away each year, primarily to landfills, while an estimated 50 million Americans, including 16 million children, do not have sufficient food to eat.
The law fits into the existing food distribution system. The Food Bank for Westchester (which currently serves over 6 million meals annually, and has a need for food to serve 10 million more meals) has indicated that this legislation fits right into their current collection and distribution system. No tax revenues are lost to NYS, and the State does not have any administrative or enforcement burdens. There are no costs to supermarkets -- and they may even save some money by not having to pay to have the excess food carted away.
This is a model humanitarian and environmental initiative. The session will be lead by Mike Sigal, Vice-Chair of the Greenburgh Conservation Advisory Council, who met with the author of the French law.
A link to the Town of Greenburgh Excess Food Act Resolution and Westchester County Legislature endorsements is attached here. We truly hope you will attend.
Bedford 2020 Coalition
Bedford 2020 is a grassroots environmental organization reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting natural resources in the Town of Bedford and beyond. The Bedford 2020 Food Forum will focus on local food and its relationship to sustainability and equity. For more information visit www.bedford2020.org/foodforum.