On March 9, 2009, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced H.R. 1403, the School Food Recovery Act, which allows schools participating in the school lunch program to donate any food not consumed to local food banks or charitable organizations. Well almost two years later this common sense legislation has become law.

Apparently in 1993 the Good Samaritan Act was passed which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability, many school districts have been unwilling to donate excess food, primarily due to administrative resistance and a misperception that federal regulation doesn’t allow it.

I am not sure what local school districts do with their unused food, but if they are not already doing so perhaps this clarification in the law will encourage them to make donations to area food banks.