All food donors are protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, as long as safe food handling practices are used. RWU vets all of the anti-poverty agencies it works with to recover excess food. They must have health certificates, storage, ongoing programs, refrigeration, transportation, and the ability to record the food that is recovered.

You can find food program partners in your meeting destination by visiting RWU’s Hungerpedia Web site, which provides a list of anti-poverty/hunger agencies in North America that have been vetted by RWU to receive and recover asset donations.

The Whole Earth Calculator is not a revenue-generating tool and Jim Spellos gives credit to EventMobi for generously donating development time and expertise to power the project technologically. At press time, the app was not being publicly released, but Spellos sees that coming in the future, so stay tuned. At this point, he says, the goal is about creating awareness. It’s safe to say the meetings industry wastes tons of food annually. As food rescue programs become increasingly visible, hotels, convention centers, and meeting professionals will likely work harder to overcome any legal or logistical hurdles to realizing the double benefit of food donation: feeding hungry people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.