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New legislation would expand liability protections for food donors

The Food Donation Improvement Act would keep K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions from facing civil or criminal liability when direct donations are made in good faith.
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U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Richard Blumenthal have introduced legislation that would extend liability protections to food donors.

The Food Donation Improvement Act would keep K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions from facing civil or criminal liability when food is donated in good faith directly to a person in need rather than through a nonprofit intermediary, or when food is given at a deeply reduced cost.

The bill would also help clarify the labeling standards that donated food products have to meet to be covered by liability protections.

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