Legislature encourages food donations

Finally, Yukon's MLAs agree on something: If you make a charitable food donation in good intentions, you should not be liable if someone gets sick from eating that food.

Finally, Yukon’s MLAs agree on something: If you make a charitable food donation in good intentions, you should not be liable if someone gets sick from eating that food.

Doug Graham, minister of health and social services, tabled the Donation of Food Act in the assembly last week.

NDP MLA Kate White says it was her idea.

“In December of 2011 I called on the minister to protect honest individuals and organizations from liability that currently makes donations of perishable food practically impossible,” said White.

Six politicians representing all three parties spoke in favour of the bill in the legislature Monday, each praising either the government who put the bill forward, or the NDP who suggested it.

Doug Graham closed the discussion.

“It’s been truly wonderful to hear support coming from all members for this bill. I really believe that the bill will make a difference to folks facing difficulties finding healthy, affordable food to eat here in the territory.”

The bill is modeled on similar legislation in the Northwest Territories.

White has pledged to consult with community organizations like the Food Bank Society of Whitehorse to see if any minor changes should be made to improve the bill.