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  •  But the entire load is discards? (5+ / 0-)
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    weck, Catte Nappe, PSzymeczek, corvo, libnewsie

    In more than one community.

    •  There are various kinds of food collections (2+ / 0-)
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      Most common are the "bring a can" - to the bank, to the ball park, to your job on "community care day", leave a sack on your porch for the scouts or the mailman to pick up, etc. Some part of that haul is purpose bought - people go to the store and specifically buy green beans or bags of rice, or what have you. A non-trivial amount is people clearing out their cabinets of excess or unused foods. That includes stuff that is perfectly fine, soup, more green beans, tuna; but also some that is probably older than desirable. Also unwanted things like the artichoke hearts or smoked sardines or whatever was in the gourmet gift basket Aunt Minnie sent for Chritmas 2010. (Sadly, too, even the carefully purpose bought stuff often arrives damaged, if those cans of green beans ended up on the bottom of the pile in some truck)

      Sometimes there's a steady stream of goods from a local merchant - stuff past its "best by" date but not yet past a "sell by" date, dented cans that shoppers won't take, day old +one baked goods, etc.

      Least common are mass product donations from merchants or manufacturers.  Maybe something that was being test marketed, or a large quantity put out from a promotion that didn't do well. (this is how you end up with cases and cases of Cap'n'Crunch, or salsa).

      Other than the best and most generous and thoughtful donors in the first group, nobody is giving anything but "discards" of some sort. And that is a pretty seasonal stream - plenty coming in November and December, but the cupboard gets quite bare as the spring and summer months come round.

      And yes, this is true of most communities, although the mass product donations are probably rarer in small ones.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 02:20:40 PM PDT

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      •  So I'm lying? (1+ / 0-)
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        corvo

        I don't get your point otherwise. I've dumpster dived and found better food.

        •  No way did I even *hint* you were lying (1+ / 0-)
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          I've only tried to provide some background about how food banks and pantries acquire food, and why the products they have on hand are sometimes....less than optimum.  Your comment asked if the entire load is discards (yes, much of it is) and if this is true in multiple communities (yes, it is). That was my point.  I'd undertake to explain why sometimes better food is left in dumpsters, but apparently that too might be misconstrued so I'll pass on that educational opportunity.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 04:44:48 PM PDT

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