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Agencies encouraged to donate their leftovers

By Ed O'Keefe

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Starting Thursday, federal agencies and their contractors are strongly encouraged to donate their leftover food to homeless shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens.

The two councils responsible for amending federal contracting rules published their strong encouragement in Thursday's Federal Register, finalizing an interim rule that took effect in March.

The rule calls for agencies and their contractors to "donate apparently wholesome excess food to nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to food-insecure people in the United States." (What? They couldn't just call them "hungry people"?!)

Lawmakers approved of the idea last year by passing the Federal Food Donation Act, sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The food donation rule was one of seven amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations published in Thursday's Register.

And as Elise Castelli of The Federal Times first noted, the new rule is well-timed to the current holiday season. (Even if it means that federal workers are less likely to get their hands on leftover grub from executive meetings, team-building retreats or the holiday parties.)

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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first, on a serious note, everybody do give what you can. there are a lot of hungry people out there.

on the second note, of course they cannot just call them 'hungry people', we are the federal government...

Posted by: kawilson69 | December 10, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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