HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4124        FILED ON: 3/20/2009

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3999



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Nine



An Act relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias..


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, food service establishments, including restaurants and cafeterias may donate their edible leftover cooked food and nonperishable food to local food pantries and assistance shelters and shall be allowed to take a tax credit or deduction for same.  The food service establishment shall not be held liable in the event of any harm resulting to a person from the ingestion of any item of donated food described in this section.