Fighting Alaska Hunger Gains Bipartisan Support
Bill to increase food donations and decrease food waste passes House
Monday, April 17, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – Alaska lawmakers move a bill that will help fill the stomachs of hungry Alaskans across the state while also reducing unnecessary food waste. Representative David Talerico (R-Healy) brought forward HB186 and saw it pass the House with bipartisan support.
"My bill offers a common-sense solution towards helping Alaskans and the environment," says Rep. Talerico. "I'm glad to see support growing and hope it continues in the Senate."
Under HB186 grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and more will be able to donate excess or out dated food to food banks or charitable organizations without liability. Presently the fear of being sued for donating these types of foods hangs over businesses. Removing that will allow for increased food donations and less food ending up in the trash and worse, landfills.
In Alaska, there's about 15% of people who are considered food insecure. Reducing that percentage is a major goal of this bill.
HB186 passed the House 39 – 1 on Friday, April 14, 2017. It moves to the Senate for consideration.
For more information contact Rep. Talerico's staff member Elijah Verhagen at 907-465-4936