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House Bill to Require Restaurants, Stores, Schools to Donate Excess Food to Charity

Violators may be subject to imprisonment and fines of not more than P100,000.

One of the most pressing issues that the world is facing right now is food insecurity or the unavailability and inaccessibility of affordable, nutritious food for all.

This can be attributed to a lack of funds to purchase nutritious food, underemployment, and poverty. And food insecurity can lead to birth defects, lower nutrient intake, and cognitive problems—mostly affecting children—among others.

This issue is a big deal, especially in the Philippines as data from 2017 to 2019 saw that 59 million Filipinos experienced food insecurity in those years. In addition, the Philippines has scored 20.1 on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), which means Filipinos are experiencing “serious” hunger.

This is why the government wants to propose and pass laws and policies that help address the issue of food insecurity in the country. (Read: PH Govt Implements ‘National Food Policy’ to Combat Hunger in the Country)

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Donate Excess Food

Just recently, the House Special Committee on Food Security proposed House Bill No. 7596, which, when signed into law, will require food establishments including supermarkets and culinary schools to donate their excess food to charities.

The authors of the said bill explained that they authored it so that we can lessen food wastage while at the same time providing food to the less fortunate and those who have no means or access to nutritious food. (Read: Govt Plans to Provide Food Aid to at-Risk Pregnant Women, Children)

In the bill, the only requirement is that these leftovers are still edible and safe for human consumption, with the standards set by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the basis.

Violation of the bill, if passed, will be imprisonment and a fine of not more than P100,000.

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