The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas is intended to map the laws and policies that impact food donation in an everyday context. The legal guides do not consider emergency response measures that governments have adopted during COVID-19, nor do the policy recommendations respond to the challenges that have emerged since the virus outbreak.
The global pandemic has raised the profile of food banks and food recovery organizations as essential social safety nets for mitigating hunger and food insecurity around the world. With demand for food donation surging, the time is ripe for governments to formally recognize food donation as a solution to both hunger and food loss and waste, and to ensure that relevant laws and policies support rather than limit food recovery operations.
To learn more about how governments can effectively promote food donation during the global pandemic, check out the issue brief "Strengthening Food Donation Operations During COVID-19” by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and The Global FoodBanking Network.