After blood banks and sperm banks, now comes food banks or “leftovers exchanges” to be created under the recently passed House Bill (HB) 8873 or Food Waste Reduction Act. The measure bans restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and fast-food outlets from throwing away leftovers or other food that are still fit for human consumption.
The authors of HB 8873 are not trying to put out of business collectors and vendors of pagpag or food thrown away by dining establishments and recooked and served to poor people living in slums or riverside settlements. The bill is meant to address food wastage which now stands at 38.5 million kilos per family per year, according to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.
The bill provides that the food bank must be accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and a health inspector will examine the leftovers to make sure they can still be consumed. The examined food is then sent to charity groups and foundations for feeding to poor people.
Hungry people who can’t afford to buy food will surely benefit from the bill if it becomes a law. They not only can eat in style if they get hotel food, but also get their fill to the max like diners in eat-all-you-can restaurants.
The law, however, may have to cover food banks and charities in case passed-on food have no takers and become leftover.