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Lawmakers introduce bill aimed at decreasing food waste in schools

The School Food Recovery Act of 2020 would provide grants to schools to go toward reducing food waste.
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Three U.S. representatives have introduced a bill that would provide grant money to schools to go toward reducing food waste in cafeterias

Introduced by Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree of Maine and Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington, the School Food Recovery Act of 2020 would establish a program within the USDA that would be responsible for making grants available to schools to implement food waste projects and educational activities. 

“Food waste can emit methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, and also squanders the water and other resources that produced it and helped get it to consumers,” Bonamici said in a statement. “This commonsense bill will provide funding and resources for schools to tackle this important problem. It will help address the climate crisis and empower students to responsible reduce food waste.” 

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