senate Bill S8884

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires supermarkets to make surplus food available to qualifying charities

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 19, 2018 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.2014
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 31, 2018 referred to agriculture

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S8884 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10981
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 17-C §§223 - 223-e, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A1672

S8884 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires supermarkets to make surplus food available to qualifying charities.

S8884 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8884 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  8884

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 31, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ALCANTARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture

AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir-
  ing supermarkets to make surplus food available to  qualifying  chari-
  ties

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The agricultural and markets law is amended by adding a new
article 17-C to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 17-C
              SURPLUS FOOD TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS ACT
SECTION 223.   LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
        223-A. DEFINITIONS.
        223-B. AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENT.
        223-C. EXCLUSIONS.
        223-D. IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY.
        223-E. CONSTRUCTION.
  § 223. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. SIXTY TO ONE HUNDRED MILLION TONS OF EDIBLE
FOOD IN THE UNITED STATES IS DISCARDED, PRIMARILY TO SOLID  WASTE  LAND-
FILLS.  AN  ESTIMATED  FIFTY MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING NEARLY SIXTEEN
MILLION CHILDREN, DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT FOOD.  DECOMPOSITION OF ORGANIC
WASTE ACCOUNTS FOR OVER FIFTEEN PERCENT OF  OUR  NATION'S  EMISSIONS  OF
METHANE,  A  POTENT GREENHOUSE GAS. AN ESTIMATED 2.8 MILLION NEW YORKERS
FACE HUNGER  AND  FOOD  INSECURITY.  THIS  LEGISLATION  IS  DESIGNED  TO
INCREASE  FOOD  DONATIONS TO FOOD BANKS AND OTHER PROVIDERS WHO FEED THE
NEEDY AND TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE IN SOLID  WASTE  LANDFILLS  WHICH  CREATE
DANGEROUS EMISSIONS.
  §  223-A.  DEFINITIONS.  AS  USED IN THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS
SHALL MEAN:
  1. "SURPLUS FOOD" MEANS EDIBLE FOOD THAT IS NOT  SOLD  OR  USED  BY  A
SUPERMARKET  AND  IS BEING DISPOSED OF BY THE SUPERMARKET DUE TO QUALITY
STANDARDS, LABELING, APPEARANCE, SURPLUS OR OTHER SIMILAR CONDITIONS.
  2. "QUALIFYING CHARITY" MEANS A RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE OR  NOT-FOR-PRO-
FIT  ORGANIZATION  THAT  PROVIDES  FOOD  AT  NO COST TO THE POOR, NEEDY,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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