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senate Bill S. 2787

Should Liability Protections for Donors of Food to the Needy be Strengthened?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would strengthen liability protections to make it easier for grocers and restaurants to donate food to nonprofits and directly to the needy without jeopardizing food quality or safety.

Brenda's Opinion
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05/29/2018
There is so much waste in our country and small and large businesses alike can’t help but continue wasting because of liability of giving it away for free to people in need.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/29/2018
We should protect those who offer aid in good faith. Although I do feel significant reservation about who this bill came from. Hatch is no bastion of good will and compassion. But I can’t figure out where the catch is... maybe a early move in a plan to kill SNAP?
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BeStrong's Opinion
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05/29/2018
Senator Hatch’s bill answers a real need in our communities. Every day restaurants and grocery stores throw out tons of edible food. As long as the food is fit, it should be offered for consumption to those who need it. People, families aren’t ‘food insecure’, they’re Hungry. Feed them. Common sense is Winning in this bill. An Uplifting example of bi-partisan legislation. Thank you!
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t expand liability protections for donors of food either directly to food insecure individuals or to nonprofit organizations which recover food they provide to the needy.

Erin's Opinion
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05/29/2018
I agree that we should always help our fellow neighbors in time of need, but my opinion on this bill is no, for two reasons. First, the bill was proposed by Orrin Hatch that is a first red flag. Senator Hatch has a history of voting and proposing bills that would benefit himself and/or his friends, and he has repeatedly made comments wherein he has expressed his lack of caring for the little people. Second, the sentence referring to the labeling of the donations, specifically if the label does not meet specific requirements, the label must be reconditioned, but reconditioned to what? Changing expiration dates? For these two reasons, no, but mostly because I feel that Senator Hatch is not trustworthy.
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Azrael's Opinion
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05/29/2018
Nothing Orin hatch backs is ok in my world at this point
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Bc's Opinion
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05/29/2018
Hungry people dig in garbage cans for food daily. Liability for generosity is just plain foolishness. This reeks of Orrin Hatch getting his pockets lined $$$
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    There is so much waste in our country and small and large businesses alike can’t help but continue wasting because of liability of giving it away for free to people in need.
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    I agree that we should always help our fellow neighbors in time of need, but my opinion on this bill is no, for two reasons. First, the bill was proposed by Orrin Hatch that is a first red flag. Senator Hatch has a history of voting and proposing bills that would benefit himself and/or his friends, and he has repeatedly made comments wherein he has expressed his lack of caring for the little people. Second, the sentence referring to the labeling of the donations, specifically if the label does not meet specific requirements, the label must be reconditioned, but reconditioned to what? Changing expiration dates? For these two reasons, no, but mostly because I feel that Senator Hatch is not trustworthy.
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    We should protect those who offer aid in good faith. Although I do feel significant reservation about who this bill came from. Hatch is no bastion of good will and compassion. But I can’t figure out where the catch is... maybe a early move in a plan to kill SNAP?
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    Senator Hatch’s bill answers a real need in our communities. Every day restaurants and grocery stores throw out tons of edible food. As long as the food is fit, it should be offered for consumption to those who need it. People, families aren’t ‘food insecure’, they’re Hungry. Feed them. Common sense is Winning in this bill. An Uplifting example of bi-partisan legislation. Thank you!
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    Nothing Orin hatch backs is ok in my world at this point
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    Hungry people dig in garbage cans for food daily. Liability for generosity is just plain foolishness. This reeks of Orrin Hatch getting his pockets lined $$$
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    I cannot trust Hatch.
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    Crazy that we throw out leftovers because we are afraid of being sued.
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    I don’t trust Hatch as far as I can throw him!!! The absolute epitome of government for sale!
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    Stop making everything so damn difficult.
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    Our local Food Bank and other local organizations are always in need of food items. Yes let's support the donors.
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    Why should the government seek to control charity? Food donors are not generally malicious. People are hungry while others are ready to give. Let these matters be decided on a local and community level.
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    We need to protect those who give. .Com sense should prevail and those handing out and those receiving should inspect the food prior to consuming it.
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    It’s pretty simple, don’t donate bad food!
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    Don’t be scared of this just because it’s backed by a republican with a shady past. You are weary of the Senator because it might benefit him or his deep pocketed friends. You are right! If any of them are in the market business, YOU SAVE MONEY WHEN YOU DONATE IT AWAY INSTEAD OF THROWING IT. (*if the non profit is handling the travel - which 99% of the time, they are). So, who cares?! This bill is a godsend, especially from someone who has seen it firsthand benefit so many people. (I’ve been on the receiving end of the food and the one volunteering to give it away). Don’t be Lousy Liberal Democrats who fail to recognize when legislation for those in lower economic status is good. Let this pass to convince the weary market managers / owners.
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    All food quality whether donated or store brought should always meet regulations. When making this decision, place yourself in the shoes of those who are going to make affected by this bill. #DecisionMakingProcess
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    Let’s ‘say Grace’ and share..share alike.
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    Orin Hatch sponsored this bill? I was all for it till I read that part... Hatch doesn't like poor people... there must be something in this bill I need to read it fully before I vote.
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    I don’t usually agree with Orrin Hatch, but food insecurity is a major problem in this country. So, perfectly good food needs to be donated to help with the crisis.
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    Even if (haha, if) Hatch is a scumbag, this bill helps do good things and can be amended to defang any evil schemes hidden within details.
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