As part of the 8th Annual Food Day LA, the City Council voted to do more to fight food insecurity by reviving a policy first proposed by Councilmember José Huizar in 2010 to donate surplus food from city events and facilities to shelters and food banks.
The revised Surplus Food motion sponsored by Huizar and Councilmember Paul Krekorian was adopted unanimously and calls for a full Surplus Food ordinance. Every day in Los Angeles, food goes to waste while countless Angelenos go hungry. It is estimated that the City of Los Angeles sends over one million tons of organic waste to the landfill annually, while over 1.5 million residents are food insecure.
The program would incorporate efforts the Bureau of Sanitation is already instituting for a food diversion program, keeping edible food out of our landfills. Huge thanks to our Food LA friends, the LA Food Policy Council and all the advocates who day-in and day-out are working to increase food access and surplus food programs throughout the City of Los Angeles.
Councilmember Huizar honored Sustainable Little Tokyo as CD14’s Food Champion at the City’s Annual Food Day LA, honoring exceptional food advocates and providers, including the late, great food and culture writer Jonathan Gold.