Today is: Friday, March 31, 2023
EXTRA FOOD, HUNGRY PEOPLE, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM??!!
Recording Artist, Norwood Young, Founder of ‘Feed His People’
Declares Outrage Over Wasted Food!
“During a time when record numbers of people are losing their homes, unemployment is rising and
a growing number of families are in need, California caterers, hotels and restaurants throw out
roughly 1.5 million tons of perfectly good food every year, says Norwood Young, founder of
‘Feed His People’,
a faith-based non-profit organization, committed to ending hunger in America, beginning with Los Angeles County.
“If you include food stores, medical/health facilities, schools,
county facilities and businesses, over 5.8 million tons of food is discarded annually, according to a study
published by the California Environmental Protection Agency in December, 2004,” adds Norwood.
The UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research, published that over 3 million adults in California could not
put food on the table and 1.3 million children are going to bed hungry. In Los Angeles County alone, it is
estimated that close to 1 million households are experiencing low food security and -- it's not just the homeless
who are flocking to food banks and soup kitchens -- the worsening economy is forcing many working families to seek
assistance just to put food on the table.
“Most people don’t know that if you are the one paying for that hotel banquet, wedding party or corporate event,
you have the right to insist that any leftovers be donated to charity. And, when you are dining out, ask the restaurant
what they do with their leftover food and let them know about the Good Samaritan Act,” says Norwood.
The Bill Emerson
Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and protects the donor and the
recipient agency against any liability, excepting only gross negligence and/or intentional misconduct. According to
Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, “ . . . wholesome food that is properly saved, donated to an approved agency
and properly receipted is eligible for an enhanced tax deduction equal to ½ of the donated food’s appreciated value ..."
So, why is so much food ending up in the dumpster? “Simply put, it's often too much hassle for restaurants,
caterers and hotels to arrange for leftover food to be given to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. So they toss
it in the trash,” says Norwood, “however, the good news is that The Cheesecake Factory, The Olive Garden, Red Lobster,
A&W Restaurants, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s
have stepped up to the plate and are harvesting their leftover food, but where are the rest of the
national chains (we know who they are) and why isn’t every hotel, caterer
and restaurant doing the same?” asks Norwood.
To augment food rescue in Los Angeles County, ‘Feed His People’ is now working in conjunction with a Southern
California food bank whose facility includes a 24,000 square foot warehouse with freezer and refrigeration space
which can hold 4.5 million pounds of food at any given time. “We will pick up the food, transport it and deliver
it to the hungry. All we need is your leftover food,” says Norwood, “and hopefully, together, we can end hunger in America”
To volunteer, donate food, or for more information, contact ‘Feed His People” at (323) 549-0876
ABOUT NORWOOD YOUNG:
With a heart for the less fortunate, Norwood founded “Feed His People.”
a non-profit organization to feed the hungry, in 2005. As the former lead singer
for the legendary jazz group “Pieces of a Dream,” Norwood Young recorded the album
entitled ‘Bout Dat Time’ and received a Gold Record for the hit single “What Can I Do?”
Norwood has appeared weekly on television, starring on E! Network Television’s hit reality series
“High Maintenance 90210.”
In the mid-1990’s, the New Jersey native purchased an estate in Hancock Park and was immediately plagued with
controversy when he decorated his front lawn with seventeen naked David statues! Norwood would spend the next
thirteen years fighting for his freedom of expression as uptight neighbors tried to get him to get him to take
the statues down or better yet move out! Today the infamous Youngwood Court Estate is both a landmark and tourist
attraction and in November, 2008, Norwood Young was inducted ‘King of Hancock Park’
by the prestigious LA City
magazine. Norwood has recently completed his autobiography, Getting Back To My Me,
written with Pulitzer
Prize winner Karen Hunter. The memoir chronicles his life from sexual and drug abuse to the perils of Hollywood.
The book is due out in Spring 2010, and is published by Simon and Schuster.
Article by: Doris Bergman
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