Call for Nominations: "Emies" Unwasted Food Awards for businesses and institutions | Due Sept 7


AN DIEGO, CA –  San Diego Food System Alliance solicits nominations for "Emies" Unwasted Food Awards 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was created to encourage food donation to nonprofit organizations by minimizing liability. Signed into United States law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, this law, named after Representative Bill Emerson (who encouraged the proposal but died before it was passed), makes it easier to donate 'apparently wholesome food' by excluding donor liability except in cases of gross negligence. 

The Alliance is soliciting nominations from businesses and institutions in San Diego County who are demonstrating exemplary food waste practices. Awardees will be recognized at the upcoming Food Waste Solution Summit II at the Jacobs Center on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. The awardees will also have an opportunity to share their practices with their peers at the Pre-Summit Unwasted FoodWorkshop from 8:30am-noon, targeted towards businesses and institutions. The Workshop will offer an in-depth guidance on preventing food waste by StopWaste and EPA, connections to community resources on food donation, animal feed and composting, and a facilitated peer-learning session by sector. 

Submittals for "Emies" nominations are due by Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and will be considered by sector: K-12 Schools, Institutions/Large Venues, Food Industry, Farms, and Meal Service Programs. Organizations will be asked to describe current practices in any of the following categories: Preventing Waste, Food Donation, and Composting/Recycling. Applications that demonstrate activities higher on the Unwasted Food Hierarchy Pyramid (above) will be ranked higher. The pyramid demonstrates the highest and best use for food. Self-nominations are accepted. 

This is a timely opportunity to promote food establishments that are doing great work around food waste," says Elly Brown, Director of San Diego Food System Alliance. "The state law on food and yard waste recycling (AB1826) rolled out this April. But innovations to keep the food from going into the green bin is important because we don't have the systems in place yet. We also can't forget that 1/7 individuals in San Diego County are food insecure and there's a lot of edible food being thrown out."

"Emies" Unwasted Food Awards applications are available online at (due 9/7): 
Registration for 9/27 Food Waste Solution Summit II + Pre-Summit Unwasted Food Workshop for businesses and institutions is available online at:

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If you would like more information, please contact Elly Brown at 919-328-0046 or email at

About the San Diego Food System Alliance:

The San Diego Food System Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals organized to affect positive change in the San Diego County's local food system. Our mission is to develop and maintain an equitable, healthy and sustainable food system for the benefit of all people in San Diego County.