2012 Fall Newsletter

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This newsletter provides insight on the Good Samaritan Act, an Advocacy Update, info on new member benefits, and tips on grantwriting.

Transcript of 2012 Fall Newsletter

  • These are rocky times. Money is short, resources are strained, and client numbers are increasing rapidly.

    These are problems the emergency food community has faced for years, but they have accelerated in recent years.

    During this time, it has become increasingly clear why the Washington Food Coalition is so important.

    What organization in Washington State wholly and specifically represents the interests of emergency food sites and their clients?

    Only the Washington Food Coalition.

    Our Mission

    The Washington Food Coalition actively educates and networks with organizations that strive to alleviate hunger throughout Washington

    Our Vision

    The Washington Food Coalition is the unified voice for a strong emergency food system

    Food for ThoughtWaFoodCoalition.org

    No one in Washington State should go hungry

    Protections Afforded by the Good Samaritan Food Donation ActPrepared for Washington Food Coalitions use by

    Washingtons Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was enacted to encourage individuals and gleaners to donate food to charitable organizations. It purports to protect from civil and criminal liability individuals or gleaners who donate food products or make their land available to others.

    The Food Donation Act was enacted in 1994 in Washington. It was based on a model act that in 1998 was enacted into federal law as the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

    While these food donation laws appear to offer some protection for individuals donating food, the actual liability protection offered by these statutes is minimal.

    The Act covers individuals and gleaners who:

    donate apparently wholesome food to a nonprofit organization; or

    allow the collection or gleaning of donations on your land.

    This means that if a person is harmed by the apparently wholesome food that you donate, or is injured while on your property, he or she cannot recover from you in a lawsuit.

    This does not mean, however, that you are protected from civil or criminal liability in all situations. You may be held liable if you:

    act intentionally to harm others in any way; or

    are grossly negligentmeaning you knew that your actions would likely be harmful to the health or well-being of another.

    Unfortunately, the application of the Act is further limited by the requirement that donated food meet the Acts definition of apparently wholesome. That is:

    Food that meets all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws and regulations even though the food may not be readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions.

    Accordingly, the Act protects you from liability only when the food you donate already meets all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state, and local laws.

    As a practical matter, the Act does not afford many protections. For example, foods contaminated with E. coli or salmonella are not likely to meet the definition of apparently wholesome food and, because of that, would not likely be covered by the Act. Similarly, a piece of produce that is putrid or decomposing would be considered adulterated under federal standards and also not be covered by the Act.

    An example of food that may fall under the Act would be a piece of produce that may no longer be marketable, perhaps due to appearance and age, but still meets all quality standards. In practice, however, such produce is not likely to cause harm resulting in liability in the first place.

    Where the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act is most effective is in the context of land owners who make their land available for the harvest of food to be donated. As long as any harm caused was not a result of intentional or grossly negligent actions, a landowner will not be liable for injuries occurring on his or her land.

    Because the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, when scrutinized more closely, does not provide much protection for those that donate food directly to charitable organizations, the best course and standard of conduct to follow is to use the same care in donating food as you would in preparing food for sale to the public or for consumption by your own family.

    Contact us for a full copy of this information in handout form that you can share with potential donors!

    Washington Food Coalition Newsletter / Fall 2012

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    This newsletter prepared with funds made available by the WA Dept. of Agriculture, Food Assistance Programs No person shall on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national origin, age, citizenship, political affiliations, belief, veteran status or sexual orientation, be denied employment or benefits or be discriminated against as a participant, administrator or staff member under this program.

    WellCard: Health Insurance Alternative & Fundraising Opportunity

    Washington Food Coalition has set up an alternative health discount plan for our members and their clients who may lack quality health insurance through WellCard.WellCard provides our members with up to 65% off prescription medication costs (brand name and generic drugs) and between 30% to 70% off dental, vision, hearing, surgery, lab, and imaging (MRI) costs. WellCard Health also provides savings on vitamins, diabetic supplies, and health products such as hearing devices and exercise equipment. With WellCard, our members may access a 24/7 medical call line to talk with a licensed physician and receive referrals to providers. Members can also receive medical bill assistance program to help them lower and/or resolve their medical bills. With WellCard, members can access over 410,00 physicians and close to 45,000 ancillary providers.

    WellCard is free to WFC Members (and their clients!), never expires, and can be used by individuals and family members. There are close to 60,000 USA pharmacies that accept WellCard, including leading USA drug stores such as Walgreens, Longs, CVS, RiteAID, Target, Wal-Mart, and Costco.

    Every member attending our annual conference will receive a WellCard member card. Theyre also available for any other member that would like to request 1 or more!

    Philadelphia Insurance: Insurance Discounts for Washington Food Coalition Members

    Trying to save valuable funds while still staying covered? Washington Food Coalition members can now receive exclusive discounts on insurance products from Philadelphia Insurance.Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, PA, designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance products, incorporating value-added coverages and services for select industries. By maintaining a disciplined approach to business, we provide greater security for our policyholders and superior value for our shareholder.

    Every Washington Food Coalition member is eligible for a 5% discount on insurance through this service. This applies for products such as property insurance, liability insurance, Directors & Officers insurance, and more.

    Be sure you have the best coverage possible to keep your agency covered! Contact your insurance broker and let them know about this discount program through Philadelphia Insurance.

    Dont have an insurance broker? Feel free to contact Washington Food Coalitions broker: Donna Haynes of Pilkey,-Hopping & Eckberg, INC at 253.284.9354 or donna@pheinsurance.com.

    NEW Member Benefits

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  • Seasoned grant writing professional Katie Howard has more than 10 years of professional grant writing experience and has raised approximately $60 million using her highly successful proposal-writing approach. She has also trained thousands of nonprofit professionals in the skills that yield competitive proposals. Her highly rated live training is now available in a four-DVD set covering nine training modules with a workbook and samples. It is available at www.thinkwritegrow.com. You can reach Katie directly at katie@thinkwritegrow.com.

    Interested in more information on fundraising and grantwriting?

    Visit our website at www.wafoodcoalition.org and click on the Resources tab

    Board Members WFC Chair Kris Van Gasken Des Moines Area Food Bank

    WFC Immediate Past Chair Robert Coit Thurston County Food Bank

    WFC Vice Chair Helen McGovern Emergency Food Network

    WFC Treasurer Yvonne Pitrof Vashon Maury Food Bank

    WFC Secretary Nancy Wilson Inter-Faith Treasure House

    Roger Trapp Rural Resources Comm. Action

    Dan Speare Rural Resources Comm. Action

    Bob Soule Chelan-Douglas Comm. Action

    Peny Archer Comm Services of Moses Lake

    Scott Kilpatrick Comm Services of Moses Lake

    Connie Nelson Spokane Valley Partners

    JoAnn Rushton Hope Source

    Lisa Hall Northwest Harvest

    John Neill Tri-Cities Food Bank

    Chris Gerke Cascade Blue Mountain Food Share

    Kathy Covey Blue Mountain Action Council

    Wendy Gonzalez Helpline Walla Walla

    Leann Geiger Volunteers of America WW

    Mike Cohen Bellingham Food Bank

    Joe Gruber University District Food Bank

    Kevin Glackin-Coley St. Leos Food Connection

    Robin Rudy Tenino Community Service Center

    Kellie McNelly ROOF Community Services

    James Fitzgerald Sal. Army-Stop Hunger

    Vicki Pettit Coastal Community Action Program

    Anthony Airhar Coastal Harvest

    Hoyt Burrows Central Kitsap Food Bank

    Marilyn Gremse Bai