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CA 2024 Laws: Large Venues Now Required To Donate Excess Food

January 11, 2024 | By Kali Girl

California’s latest legislation, Senate Bill 1383, aims to combat waste and hunger simultaneously. Initially implemented in 2022, the law mandated specific businesses, including grocery stores, to donate surplus food to food recovery organizations. 

According to CBS8, a recent expansion, effective from January 1, 2024, now includes hotels, restaurants with significant square footage or seating capacity, health facilities with more than 100 beds and onsite food facilities, state agency cafeterias, local education agencies, as well as large venues and events. 

“This bill is really a win-win. It’s keeping food out of the landfill and it’s feeding people at the same time. There’s so much food that gets thrown into the landfill and when it goes into the landfill it turns into methane gas. It’s a super pollutant,” said Patty O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Feeding San Diego.

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