During a recent event on Capitol Hill, lawmakers, policy experts, and advocates fighting food waste called on Congress to pass legislation that can help keep surplus food out of landfills and redirect it to those in need. The event was organized by WW, Bread for the World, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), Food Tank, and The Healthy Living Coalition, among others.

“I think food is a fundamental human right. Of all the things to worry about, people shouldn’t have to worry about access to good, nutritious food,” says Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a sponsor of the bipartisan Bill, known as the Food Donation Improvement Act.

Emily Broad Leib, Director of Harvard’s FLPC explains that, if passed, the Bill will expand protections for businesses that have excess food to donate but fear liability. It will also provide incentives for donors and enable organizations to give surplus food directly to families in need instead of going through a nonprofit partner.

Read the full article about fighting food waste by Elena Seeley at Food Tank.