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There are varying levels of food insecurity, ranging from moderate to extreme. Our definition is based on the United States Department of Agriculture's; if an individual or a family is unsure how they will acquire their next meal, they are considered to be food insecure. Often times, the inability to afford food may be due to financial tradeoffs, such as skipping dinner to be able to afford rent or gas to travel to work.
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life". Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences. In many countries, health problems related to dietary excess are an ever increasing threat. In fact, malnutrition and food borne diarrhea are becoming a double burden.
Food security is built on three pillars:
Food security is a complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, but also to sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. There is a great deal of debate around food security with some arguing that:
Issues such as whether households get enough food, how it is distributed within the household and whether that food fulfills the nutrition needs of all members of the household show that food security is clearly linked to health.
The Federal "Good Samaritan Act" signed by President Clinton in 1996 takes away liability from businesses that donate food in good faith that it is safe to be served. (PUBLIC LAW 104–210—OCT. 1, 1996 110 STAT. 3011)
Yes. C Corporations can deduct the lesser of half of gross profit (loss) or base cost of donated food from their taxable income (IRC Section 170). Non C entities follow same formula, but total yearly deductions cannot exceed 10% of their annual income ((HR8) (Public Law 112-240)).
No. Recipient agencies only need cell phones with text messaging capabilities.
No. Drivers only need cell phones with text messaging capabilities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, over 70% of Americans living in poverty own cell phones. Additionally, there is a Federal program called "SafeLink" that provides Americans living on food stamp assistance with free cell phones and plans that include SMS capabilities.
The business/organization is responsible for the packaging of the food. They do not need to package food into individual servings. Packaging must be sealable, such as the round plastic containers used at delis, a plastic clamshell sealed with a label, a soup cup with a lid free of holes, or food grade paper wraps for sandwiches sealed with labels.
Due to logistical constraints (mainly the number of on-demand drivers during late evenings, the distance between the food source and the recipient agency’s location, food safety concerns, and volume of requests posted on our network in a period of time) we cannot guarantee an immediate pick-up in every circumstance. If this is the case, you will be notified directly after you submit a request for a pick-up, and if you are able to freeze the food, we are happy to pick it up at a later time.