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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 2, 1996
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Alaska, Elmendorf Air Force Base--2438
    Philippines, U.S. Embassy in Manila--2432
    Radio address--2429
    Thailand, Bangkok
        Chulalongkorn University--2434
        State dinner--2438
        Thailand-U.S. taxation treaty--2433
    Thanksgiving turkey presentation ceremony--2440

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Food recovery efforts, memorandum--2430

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in Manila, Philippines--2431

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    China, President Jiang--2431
    Japan, Prime Minister Hashimoto--2431
        Prime Minister Banhan--2433, 2438
        King Phumiphon--2438


    World AIDS Day--2439

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2442
    Checklist of White House press releases--2442
    Digest of other White House announcements--2441
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2442


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Monday, December 2, 1996
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
The President's Radio Address

November 23, 1996

    Good morning. As you know, I'm traveling across the Pacific visiting 
Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Hillary and I and our 
delegation are enjoying the great natural beauty and the warmth and 
hospitality of the people of this diverse region.
    America's involvement and influence here helps to provide the 
stability, to promote the economic progress, to encourage the 
cooperation on many fronts, including preserving our natural 
environment, that benefits all Americans. With partners and friends like 
the nations I'm visiting, we're going to enter the 21st century stronger 
than ever.
    This is a good trip, but I'm looking forward to returning home in 
time for Thanksgiving. More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving reminds 
us of the importance of family and community and the ties that bind us 
together. As we gather with our families this year to give thanks, we 
must never forget the duty we owe to those in our American community who 
are less fortunate than we are.
    The Bible tells us that when we harvest we must not take everything 
for ourselves but remember to leave something for the poor to glean. 
Today, those gleanings are the gifts of food we give to those who need 
them. Across our Nation, in food banks and houses of worship, in 
community groups, thousands of Americans are taking the initiative to 
fight hunger and feed their neighbors. We must all do our part and 
support these efforts because not all the needs are met and we plainly 
can do more.
    For example, we know that too much food goes to waste. In 
restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores across our country, 
thousands of pounds of perfectly good, healthy food is thrown out every 
day, enough to feed 49 million people a year. Recovering that surplus 
food can make a real difference in the fight against hunger in America.
    Our administration has tried to help. This past summer, hundreds of 
young people from our national service program, AmeriCorps, joined 
private volunteers to get food to the poor. They worked with farmers in 
the fields, teaching them how to save excess produce. They worked with 
the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Congressional Hunger Center to 
help recover 174 tons of excess food. All told, this past summer they 
recovered over a thousand tons of food, providing over a million meals. 
And every week the U.S. Department of Agriculture's cafeteria in 
Washington sends another 150 pounds of food to a soup kitchen.
    Last October I signed into law the good Samaritan food donation act. 
This law encourages private businesses, local governments, and ordinary 
citizens to donate food by protecting them from lawsuits. This can make 
a real difference. Second Harvest, a national food bank network, 
estimates that the good Samaritan law will result in approximately 25 
million pounds of food next year.
    Today we're taking two more steps to help fight hunger. First, I'm 
directing every department and agency in our administration to actively 
work to promote food recovery and distribution. From now on, all Federal 
agencies will recover surplus food from their cafeterias, public events, 
and other food-service facilities. And they'll work with Government 
contractors, State and local governments, and private businesses to 
encourage all citizens to do the same.
    The second thing we're doing is to make it easier for private 
citizens to take steps to help feed the poor. Today we're releasing a 
new handbook, ``The Citizen's Guide to Food Recovery.'' It will tell you 
how you can get started, the names of the charities in your area that 
work to recover food, and the lessons we've already learned in 
communities all across America. You can call a 1-800 number; it's 1-800-
GLEAN-IT--that's 1-800-G-L-E-A-N-I-T--to learn more about food

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recovery and to get a copy of the Citizen's Guide.
    Our Nation has always been a land of plenty. But as blessed as we 
are, we must never forget that there are those still struggling to take 
part in America's bounty. Ultimately, all Americans must take 
responsibility to help our fellow citizens in need. So this 
Thanksgiving, as we celebrate with our own loved ones, let us remember 
those who are not so fortunate. By making sure that food does not go to 
waste we can make the spirit of Thanksgiving real for literally millions 
of our people every single day of the year.
    Thanks for listening, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Note: The address was recorded at 7 a.m. on November 22 in Cairns, 
Australia, for domestic broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 23.

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Monday, December 2, 1996
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
Memorandum on Food Recovery Efforts

November 23, 1996

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Promoting Food Recovery Activities to Help the Hungry

    The American people are blessed with a country rich in natural 
resources, land that supports an abundance of nutritious food, and an 
agricultural production and distribution system that is among the most 
efficient and productive in the world. Thanks to our American 
agricultural system, most of us are free to enjoy diets rich in both 
variety and nutrition. However, sometimes food is wasted that could 
otherwise be used to help Americans who are less fortunate and need a 
helping hand. Food recovery--the collection and donation of surplus 
food--can help those Americans in need.
    Food recovery by the Federal Government allows us to use part of the 
immense food resources that otherwise would go to waste, enabling us to 
share it with those in need at no cost to the Federal Government. For 
example, the Department of Agriculture has supported food recovery for 
packaged foods for years and, during the past year, has undertaken a 
national initiative to help Americans recover food of a highly 
perishable, but nutritious, nature. The food recovered by Federal 
agencies is mostly prepared in restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, and 
other institutional settings and would otherwise have been thrown away. 
In carrying out this activity, thousands of hungry people have been fed 
at no cost to the taxpayer.
    Recently, I signed into law the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food 
Donation Act of 1996, legislation to encourage the donation of food and 
grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy 
individuals. This law supports food recovery activities by clarifying 
that, absent gross negligence or intentional misconduct, persons, 
gleaners, and nonprofit organizations shall not be subject to civil or 
criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition 
of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product 
donated, or received as a donation, in good faith, for distribution to 
needy individuals. The Act also establishes uniform definitions 
pertaining to donation and distribution of nutritious food; and helps 
assure that donated foods meet all safety, quality, and labeling 
standards of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
    While this Act will help support food recovery in the private 
sector, we in the Federal Government can do more to help as well. I want 
to ensure that it is the Federal Government's policy to promote food 
recovery and to encourage the use of voluntary efforts to assure that no 
wholesome food goes to waste that can economically be provided to 
persons in need. I hereby direct the heads of all Departments and 
Agencies (``agency'') to ensure that their employees, contractors, 
grantees, State and local partners, and others understand this policy 
and the following guidelines.
    Section 1. Policy. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the 
Federal Government to promote the donation of excess apparently 
wholesome food and apparently fit grocery products to nonprofit 
organizations for distribution to needy individuals to assure that no 
such food goes to waste that can economically be provided to persons in 
    Sec. 2. Procedures.

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    (a) Each Federal agency shall, to the extent practicable and 
permitted by law, seek to increase the quantity of excess wholesome food 
recovered and delivered to needy Americans from agency cafeterias, 
commissaries, food vendors, and other food service facilities, as well 
as from special events at which food is served.

    (b) Each Federal agency shall seek to encourage food recovery among 
its contractors, subcontractors, State, local, and non-governmental 
partners, and grantees to ensure that they understand its importance and 
role in feeding needy individuals.

    (c) Whenever consistent with the goals of each Federal agency's 
mission and programs, each agency shall incorporate food recovery 
activities into those programs.

    Sec. 3. Organization.

    (a) There is hereby established for 5 years the interagency working 
group on Food Recovery to Help the Hungry charged with carrying out the 
policy of this memorandum and assisting agencies in complying with its 
purpose. The Secretary of Agriculture, or the Secretary's designee, 
shall chair this working group. The working group shall comprise the 
heads of all Federal agencies or their designees.

    (b) The head of each Federal agency, as appropriate, shall appoint 
an employee as that agency's food recovery coordinator.

    Sec. 4. Agency Authority. Nothing in this memorandum shall be 

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