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  •  Ya know.... (20+ / 0-)

    There are some warehouse markets that have good roasted chickens.  They roast them on a spit in the store and you can smell them cooking everywhere, they smell good and are good.
    I was waiting for a fresh one to come out of the oven (there were some under the heat lamps, but I wanted a fresh-out-of-the-oven one) when I noticed one of the workers was picking up the ones under the heat lamps and unwrapping them and throwing them away.  I asked what that was about and was told it was a health thing and that they couldn't do anything else with them.  WTF?  There are starving people not very far from this store and the store couldn't do anything else with good food but throw it away?  I know, I know...a health thing, but still.
    Sometimes I just shake my head at stupid waste.

    I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

    by Lilyvt on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:54:48 AM PDT

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    •  Yep. (11+ / 0-)

      I know, I'm surrounded by restaurants. I know I can't eat what they make in most cases. But I'm sure my neighbors who don't have my skills as a cook are not so lucky.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:59:12 AM PDT

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    •  The food bank I volunteer at can't distribute food (10+ / 0-)

      like that. They also discard donations of packaged sliced fruit. It seems like a waste, but it's against county codes. Into the compose bin it goes.

      Events I've been involved with have, however, have taken leftover prepared sandwiches, etc. to a local women's shelter.

      •  Some jurisidctions have . . . (6+ / 0-)

        specific "good Samaritan"  food donation laws.

        There is also federal law in this area, thank you President Clinton..The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996

        The law allows:

        Apparently wholesome food
        The term “apparently wholesome food” means food that meets all quality and labeling standards imposed by Federal, State, and local laws and regulations even though the food may not be readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions.
        to be donated and shielding liability for all but gross negligence.
        (1) Liability of person or gleaner
        A person or gleaner 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 that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.
        (2) Liability of nonprofit organization
        A nonprofit organization 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 that the nonprofit organization received as a donation in good faith from a person or gleaner for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.
        (3) Exception
        Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to an injury to or death of an ultimate user or recipient of the food or grocery product that results from an act or omission of the person, gleaner, or nonprofit organization, as applicable, constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
        Hopefully you can use information to get a little bit more food to the needy,
      •  Any local farmers interested? (6+ / 0-)

        The food pantry I volunteer at occasionally can't distribute food to customers due to mold, open packages, etc.  Since we can't give it out for human consumption, we instead save it for some local chicken farmers--they get feed (chickens will apparently eat 'most anything), and in return they bring us dozens upon dozens of eggs.  

        It works out for everyone involved--the chicken farmers, the food pantry, and the customers.

        You think it's hot? Imagine what it would be like if global warming really existed!

        by JSc on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:04:02 PM PDT

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