July 25, 2008
Food Rescue a la Rock and Wrap it Up!
Syd Mandelbaum, the dynamic founder of Rock and Wrap It Up! (http://www.rockandwrapitup.org), sent along his latest e-newsletter today and we can’t help but be impressed by the ongoing work that Syd and his small staff carry out in their quest to help relieve hunger in this world. This is just the latest of Syd’s accomplishments.
As Syd says at the end of his message… Today, The Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 to feed the hungry, tomorrow the rest of the world!
We have no doubt that Syd and Rock and Wrap it Up! will be there to do it!
The Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 was signed into law last month by President Bush.
Rock and Wrap It Up! researched, created and was able to get the Bill through the House unanimously passed in 31 days. It was introduced in the Senate in February and was unanimously passed May 22, 2008.
Rock and Wrap it Up! will work with the GSA to help roll out the program. We are meeting with the GSA and representatives from Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Emerson’s offices, its sponsors in the Senate and house.
With the dire need because of empty pantries across America, the faster the Law can be implemented, the faster pantries and agencies will have more food to give.
Summary of Act:
This Act may be cited as the ‘Federal Food Donation Act of 2008’. (We call it the Rock and Wrap It Up! Act)
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this Act is to encourage executive agencies and contractors of executive agencies, to the maximum extent practicable and safe, to donate excess, apparently wholesome food to feed food-insecure people in the United States.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act:
(1) APPARENTLY WHOLESOME FOOD- The term ‘apparently wholesome food’ has the meaning given the term in section 2(b) of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (42 U.S.C. 1791(b)).
(2) EXCESS – The term ‘excess’, when applied to food, means food that —
(A) is not required to meet the needs of executive agencies; and
(B) would otherwise be discarded.
(3) FOOD-INSECURE – The term ‘food-insecure’ means inconsistent access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.
(4) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION- The term ‘nonprofit organization’ means any organization that is —
(A) described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; and
(B) exempt from tax under section 501(a)
Today, The Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 to feed the hungry, tomorrow the rest of the world!