You may have heard that Congress recently passed the Food Donation Improvement Act (FDIA). And we’re proud to say that Grubhub was a part of making this happen.
The FDIA is a ground-breaking piece of legislation that will make it easier for food businesses to donate excess food to those in need. The bill was championed by the Feeding America network of food banks, and Grubhub was proud to work with them on this important effort.
In a statement, Matt Maloney, Grubhub’s CEO and co-founder, said: “This is a pivotal moment in the fight against food insecurity. The Food Donation Improvement Act will make it easier for businesses to donate food, which will help feed millions of Americans who are struggling with hunger.”
We couldn’t agree more, and we’re excited to see this bill come into effect.
Grubhub applauds the recent passage of the Food Donation Improvement Act (FDIA) by Congress. This new law will make it easier for businesses to donate excess food to those in need, which will help reduce food insecurity in America.
This is an important step forward in the fight against food insecurity, and Grubhub is proud to support this effort. We are committed to doing our part to help those who are struggling, and we know that donating excess food is one of the best ways to do that.
Thank you to Congress for passing this important legislation, and thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible. We will continue working hard to fight food insecurity and make sure that no one goes hungry in America.
The Food Donation Improvement Act (FDIA) was passed by the US Congress on December 12, 2017. This new law will make it easier for restaurants and other food establishments to donate their excess food to those in need. The FDIA was championed by Grubhub and the Food Recovery Network, who have been working together to fight food insecurity for years.
The FDIA amends the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996, which offered some legal protections to food donors. However, the new law goes much further in helping businesses donate their excess food. It exempts donors from civil and criminal liability if the food they donate is not safe, which is a major concern for businesses. The law also clarifies what “excess food” is, making it easier for businesses to understand when they can donate food without running into legal trouble.
Grubhub applauds the passage of the FDIA as an important step in the fight against food insecurity. This new law will make it easier for restaurants and other businesses to donate their excess food, which will help feed those who are struggling with hunger.
Under the FDIA, businesses will now have increased protections when donating food. This will make it easier for businesses to donate excess food and help reduce the amount of food that goes to waste each year.
Grubhub is one of the first companies to sign the Food Donation Commitment—a pledge to donate 100% of surplus food from our restaurants. We’re proud to support this legislation and are committed to fighting food insecurity.
In order to combat food insecurity, Grubhub has partnered with local restaurants on multiple initiatives designed to support vulnerable populations. Grubhub’s GiveDirect program allows excess prepared meals from participating restaurants to be donated to local shelters and food banks. Their Out of the Box program encourages restaurants to donate excess ingredients that can be used to make meals at community kitchens. And their Acts of Foodness program enables restaurant partners to offer free meals through Grubhub’s platform.
The passage of FDIA will further Grubhub’s current efforts by encouraging more partner restaurants and allies across the community-based food system to donate surplus food for those in need, ultimately leveling up the fight against hunger. The new law will make it easier for small businesses, including those in the restaurant industry, to donate excess food by providing them with additional tax incentives and legal protections.
As you can see, Grubhub and FDIA are doing a lot to support food donation efforts and combat food insecurity in the United States. But more can still be done.
For example, you can support local pantries by volunteering at a food bank near you or donating any excess canned and boxed foods. You can also donate gently used clothing or toiletries to those in need.
It’s also important to remember that advocacy plays an important role in combatting food insecurity. You can contact your representatives and urge them to support legislation that will help strengthen existing programs for those who struggle to get enough to eat.
When it comes down to it, real change starts with us — so don’t underestimate the power of your voice!
The Food Donation Improvement Act expands Grubhub’s impact at a critical time. It is estimated that more than 37 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they cannot access affordable, nutritious food. With the passage of the FDIA, Grubhub can now expand nationally and expedite its efforts to fight food insecurity and hunger in America.
As part of its commitment to fighting food insecurity, Grubhub has committed almost $20M to fight hunger across the country as well as sponsoring Feeding America’s annual meal drive every summer. But with the new law in place, Grubhub can do even more. For instance, it can develop programs that will help restaurants donate extra food directly to local organizations or those who need it most across the country. Such programs could be instrumental in helping reduce food waste and making sure those in need continue to have access to healthy meals.
This is a major victory in the fight against food insecurity and we applaud Congress for passing the Food Donation Improvement Act. The FDIA will make it easier for businesses to fight food waste and give excess food directly to those in need. With the help of Grubhub and FDIA, we can make a real difference in the lives of those who struggle to put food on the table.