WE FEED FAMILIES, NOT LANDFILLS
In January 2021, California implemented a law [SB1383] that restricts the disposal of organic waste on to landfills. The intent is to reduce the development and release of methane gas created by the
organic waste rotting in landfills.
One extremely positive by-product of the legislation is that edible food—food that may be past
its “sell-by" date but is still completely fine to eat—must be repurposed and redistributed.
With 1 in 5 Californians experiencing food insecurities, this legislation will help local food
banks—like Laborers of the Harvest—to repurpose and redistribute tasty, nutritious food to
Grocery stores, convenience stores, and cafeterias, really any establishment that sells or
distributes food will have to ensure that edible food is picked up by organizations that can
properly account for the amount of food collected and the means to distribute it to the
community. Enforcement will begin after an educational period and fines/penalties for non-
compliance are expected.
Laborers of the Harvest has a long history of meeting the needs of the community’s hungry
families. Every month, we distribute thousands of pounds of food. Our popular Open Harvest
Program is open in Taft every Tuesday and Thursday in the evenings for working people and
features fresh food in addition to canned and shelf-stable foods. We have additional locations
and distribution days throughout the month as well.
YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
If you will be impacted by SB 1383 and you want a competent, compliant, well-organized, and experienced team to help you navigate through these new regulations as well as get edible onto the tables of Kern County, contact us.