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tsongz

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Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 1:27 PM (permalink)
I've been running a restaurant for a couple of years and have considered donating food, considering that quite a bit of food that I throw away is actually good food that could be eaten, but just haven't had the time to do it. Does anyone else donate their food? If you do, how do you do it?
 
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    lleechef

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    Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 2:29 PM (permalink)
    If you've been running a restaurant for a couple of years, why on earth are you throwing food away?????
     
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      tsongz

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      Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 2:36 PM (permalink)
      Food comes back half, wrong orders, togo orders aren't picked up, expired foods etc.
       
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        lleechef

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        Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 2:40 PM (permalink)
        You could never donate any of the above.
         
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          Root-Beer Man

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          Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 4:04 PM (permalink)
          Check with your local food pantries or see if you have an organisation like Second Helpings in your area. They actually come by and collect the food and get it to the necessary places and people. Yes, donating already prepared food is done in some places. 
           
          http://www.secondhelpings.org/
           
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            lleechef

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            Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 4:13 PM (permalink)
            Oh of course you could donate a hotel pan of lasagna that you didn't use for a catering gig, or whole hams or turkeys.  But not to-go orders, wrong orders or especially expired food.
             
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              Pancho

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              Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sat, 11/16/13 6:05 PM (permalink)
              I volunteer at a St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Saturday mornings. We collect numerous donations from local grocery stores, bakeries, meat markets, and restaurants. Most have passed the expiration dates, but that's always disclosed and has never been a problem. We also have volunteers that pick up the items from the above.
               
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                bartl

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                Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Sun, 11/17/13 9:34 AM (permalink)
                Any food that for which the "chain of custody" has been broken (i.e. has left the kitchen at any time, with the possible exception of refused deliveries, and you really have to trust the delivery staff on that one).  There's more than one kind of expired food; straight out perishables, and "Best before"; the latter should be acceptable, but, as mentioned, be up front with the pantry.
                 
                Bart
                 
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                  maria jameson

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                  Re:Does anyone donate their surplus food? Thu, 11/21/13 7:08 AM (permalink)
                  There are certain help lines number for every place which are available online. You can call them and they will take away food. Obviously you cant distribute "expired food" in this case.
                   
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