For many savvy shoppers,“sell by” and “use by” date labels on food can be so confusing that perfectly edible food ends up in the trash. Nationally that confusion has contributed to an epidemic of food waste. The USDA estimates 30 percent of food is lost or wasted at the consumer level each year. In the District, date-labeling requirements are particularly stringent. But a new bill before the D.C. Council aims to clear up the confusion and have a powerful impact not only in family kitchens, but also in soup kitchens where hungry recipients and community chefs depend on food donations. We explore how the “Save Good Food” amendment could alter food consumption and address the challenges of reducing food waste in our region.


  • Mary Cheh D.C. City Council Member (D-Ward 3); Chairman of the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs; @marycheh
  • Joshua Singer Co-Director, D.C. Food Recovery Working Group
  • Kate Urbank D.C. Site Director, Food Rescue US

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