Good Samaritan Act
The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed in 1996 to encourage donations of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This act protects anyone – person, gleaner or non-profit organization – who make a donation in good faith, and without gross negligence, from civil or criminal liability. Read the federal act here.
The California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (AB-1219) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017 to strengthen and expand on the state’s existing liability protections for food donors. Read the California act here.