The Berkeley Emerson Initiative is an organization created by law students and lawyers to provide support to any not-for-profit organizations that seek to utilize the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to tackle the food access problem.
There exist several organizations that employ the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to arrange the collection and distribution of produce, bread and other food that can't be sold from grocery stores, bakeries, and small farmers markets to local food pantries. These organizations should not only be applauded—they should be supported as a matter of public policy. We wish to assist these organizations in their efforts, and support individuals nationwide in their efforts to create new programs that utilize this Act.
We will use our resources to help in explaining the protections afforded under the Emerson Act to prospective participating food vendors, and anything else we can reasonably do in our capacity. This invitation to assist extends to programs throughout the country. We do not however, personally represent any organizations or individuals.
We are currently partnered with Food Not Bombs, an international organization that utilizes The Bill Emerson Act to operate in over 300 cities here in the United States. We are also proud partners of Unsung.org and Hunger Free America. We seek to assist any not-for-profit organizations that seek to utilize this Act to mitigate the hunger problem in their respective neighborhoods.