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City to consider making use of leftovers

September 23, 2009 |  5:41 pm

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At the end of events at the Convention Center or other city venues, plenty of food gets tossed. L.A. Councilman José Huizar would like to change that. He filed a motion today to try to get some of those leftovers to food pantries.

"With this difficult economy, while there is a greater need, the donations have actually declined a bit," Huizar said.
 
He said 30% of L.A. County families have trouble getting enough good food. "If we don't support these families now, it costs more in the long run," he said in a telephone interview.

How this would happen hasn't been determined yet, because, as Huizar says, money is tight for government programs too. But he says getting edible leftovers to the people who need it is part of an effort toward a more comprehensive city food policy.

His motion goes now to a committee, and could come before the full council in less than month, he said.

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) has been trying to get leftovers to food banks on a state level.

Her measure, SB35, failed to get enough support this session, but a spokesman says she will try again in December or January with a bill to create a database of food banks and delivery services that can connect donors and recipients.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo by Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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