Every year, an estimated 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted globally. At the same time, more than 820 million people around the world suffer from hunger. Food donation has emerged as an innovative solution to prevent the loss of safe, surplus food and ensure it is able to make it to the plates of those in need. Uncertainty surrounding the laws and policies affecting food donation, however, are hindering the expansion of food banks and food recovery organizations. To help address the most pressing legal questions and operational barriers, and thus pave the way for greater food donations, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and The Global FoodBanking Network have partnered to create the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project.
The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project launched in March 2019. This two-year partnership aims to achieve the following: identify and explain national laws relating to food donation in 15 countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States); analyze the most common legal barriers to promoting greater food donation in these countries; and share best practices and policy recommendations for overcoming these barriers in each country.
To explore findings from the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project, click on the links below.