From Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray’s e-newsletter, which came over the transom on Monday:
Waste Not OC
Working to End Hunger in Our Community
Last week, I met with the founders of the Waste Not OC Coalition. Waste Not OC is a public-private partnership with the sole mission to end hunger in Orange County. In Orange County, 379,960 individuals are at risk of hunger every month and 1 in 5 children are not receiving the food they need.
Fortunately, our community of residents and businesses are coming together to dedicate their time, resources, and energy to ensure that food is available and accessible to those in need. Waste Not OC is reaching out to local organizations, hotels, restaurants, the resort area, and the City of Anaheim to facilitate the donation of surplus food to local food banks and pantries.
Every year, 36.31 million tons of food is wasted in the United States; much of which would have been donated to the hungry if it weren’t for the fear of liability. With the passage of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, businesses, organizations, and individuals that donate food are now protected from legal liability that may arise from their donations.
In an effort to get the message out that food donation is okay, Waste Not OC is working with the County of Orange to train and educate businesses on the myths of food donations and how to properly handle donated goods. Click here to get the facts to know when donating food.
In February 2014, Waste Not OC will be launching a city-wide Anaheim food recovery program partnering with and identifying participating restaurants, grocers, and businesses. Participating donors in the pilot program will receive a Waste Not OC sign to display in their window identifying them as a partner and will be featured on an interactive map at www.wastenotoc.org. Donations received from the Anaheim pilot program will go to supply the over 200 food pantries and food banks currently existing in Orange County.
As we continue to celebrate this holiday season, let us not forget our neighbors in need.
Click here for the interactive map of food pantries in Orange County and please help us share this amazing resource with anyone you know that may be in hunger or interested in helping with this cause.
My family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Anaheim