(Last Updated 05/20/2022)
Zero Food Waste Act
In July 2021, Representatives Julia Brownley (D-CA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Zero Food Waste Act (H.R. 4444 and S. 2389), which would provide grants to state governments, Native nations, and local communities to implement food waste prevention, rescue, or recycling projects. A modified version of the legislation was included in the Build Back Better Act.
The original bill would:
- Provide $650,000,000 in grant funding through the EPA for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031.
- Offer funding for a wide array of food loss and waste projects, including but not limited to: research on waste generation and management, measurement and data collection, and implementation of food waste reduction.
- Prioritize entities within or that serve a community of color, low-income community, or Tribal community that has been disproportionately affected by adverse human health or environmental effects.