AFL-CIO, United Way, asking for Labor Day donations

Donations will go to help homeless students who are starting a new school year
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- Total: 1.8 million tons (20.6%)

Retailers also donate around one-fifth of their food waste to food banks. This helps divert otherwise landfill-bound waste and feed hungry people. Many food banks and food rescue organizations will collect food donations for free.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act states that as long as the donor had not acted with negligence or intentional misconduct, the retailer is not liable for damage incurred as the result of illness. In other words, companies are not put at legal risk when they donate food. This makes food donation a practical option for retailers that also creates an attractive opportunity to benefit the communities in which they operate.

MADISON, Wis. — LaborFest may have been canceled this year, but the AFL-CIO and United Way of Dane County are still asking for donations this Labor Day.

The Community Services Committee of the South Central Federation of Labor is requesting gift cards of all kinds, to help homeless students and their families.

The group is also asking for smaller items such as laundry soap, colored pencils, composition books, flashcards, deodorant, lotion, non-permanent markers, African American hair products, and pocket folders.

Those who wish to make a donation can contact AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison Ann McNeary at or 608-246-4355. Donations can be dropped off at Anderson United Way Center if arranged in advance.

Gift cards can be mailed to Ann McNeary at 2059 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wis. 53704.