For many years, catering and event industry professionals have witnessed thousands of tons of wholesome food being dumped at the end of events. In 2011, a concerned group of New England NACE members, including the Community Service Committee and the Public Relations Committee, joined together to create a solution to this problem. The New England NACE Feeding our Neighbors initiative was begun.
The committee begun by researching the law as it applied to food donations from venues and caterers to food rescue operations. We quickly discovered the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, Passed by Congress in 1986, specifically written in order to encourage food donation.
The law protects good faith donors from any and all, criminal and civil liability when donating apparently wholesome food to non-profit organizations. The Bill Emerson Act creates an umbrella of national protection to all individuals, corporations, venues, caterers and food rescue operations.