New law protects food donors

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – You know the expression: ‘No good deed goes unpunished?’

It’s kind of a pessimistic way of saying if you do something nice for someone it will probably turn out wrong.

Well as of this month that won’t be the case for people who’ve been punished for donating to food pantries.

The governor just signed a bill to protect food donors from being liable if the food gets someone sick.

This law is in effect, but there are some other impacts it might have.

Food banks might be getting more donations, but on the flip side, it requires food banks to appoint someone to inspect the food before giving it away to the hungry.

The law says those who donate to food banks, whether from restaurants, farmers or any individual cannot be held “criminally liable” for food “not fit for human consumption.”

Basically if someone gets sick from the food donated, that person is not going to be held responsible.

Surprisingly enough many caterers and restaurants don’t donate to food banks for that reason.

So now that this law is in place food banks are hoping that more people are willing to donate.

“Places like the Interfaith Shelter here in Jackson, they would hopefully benefit a lot because they get a lot of leftover food from caterers, from graduation parties, those types of things. The only thing they need to be careful is that they have to be assured that that food is safe,” said Mike Scott, founder, Jackson Community Food Bank.

Although many food banks already have someone on staff to inspect the food before it is donated, this law requires that of every food bank in Michigan.

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