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Old 10-02-2013, 10:40 PM   #21
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I'm not sure I even understand your point ?

Offering cheap groceries in a food desert isn't a good thing?
Jenny, she was being sarcastic. I got it immediately. She was putting down Big Business as being uncaring about the poor. By the end of her post, she was all for the idea.
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Jenny, my bad! I made it sound like you are stupid not to get it. My apologies.
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But Addie I am stupid much of the time! Don't defend me! Smooches to you for the "sorry"

I really didn't understand her point in the context of the expired food store discussion.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:00 AM   #24
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I am sure this is able to help to people on their tight budgets.

But honestly I shall not buy things of this store.

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Old 10-03-2013, 01:23 AM   #25
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I'm a firm believer in the "sniff test" camp. In many cases items that are no longer sellable are definitely useable. If you buy produce, then it hides itself in the back of the produce drawer, do you throw it out automatically because you bought it "last week"? Probably not. At least I don't.

Common sense has been thrown out along with the can someone tossed today because it said "best if used by 10/31/13" on the lid. If you're careful and wise you can use post-dated food with no problems.

To make this point the Food Channel had a special called The Big Waste where chefs had to use foods that were on their way to the dumpster for their meal creations.

There is a good article at the blog "East Drink Better" that explains the show nicely. Unfortunately, when I posted the actual link it takes you not to the blog but directly to the above Food Channel article. Had to post the article with this end-around so you could access it if you wanted to read IT.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...11Y-Gkp5gv-MQQ
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:14 AM   #26
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I have no problem using expired products from my pantry or freezer, so I would have no problem buying from a store like this if I needed to. It's better than wasting perfectly good food.

It reminds me of one of my neighbors who, after we lost power for several days following a hurricane, cleaned out her fridge and threw away everything, including pickles, jams and jellies. No sense at all.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:17 AM   #27
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I see this as a positive step.

Having worked in grocery stores a good part of my working life, many would be appalled by how much food is thrown away. Our deli alone pulls $150-200 (retail) of out of date product daily and we are a relatively small store! Luckily we finally have people who come and get a majority of it, for the first 5 years that I worked there, it went in the trash. This doesn't include the rest of the store. I know that this food won't make it to a store like this, it will likely be warehouse overstocks or stuff pulled from shelves by vendors, but it's a GOOD THING.

I have no issues using past the sell by date as long as it isn't too far past, and the container is in good shape and not bulging. Stuff in my fridge stays past the date when unopened no problem, because my fridge is very cold (sometimes too cold).
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:55 AM   #28
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I agree that this is much better than wasting food.

It may however actually hurt the poor.

As an example the Wegman's chain, in my area, has a program called "Waste Not Want Not" that allows local food pantries and soup kitchens to pick up things like, day-old bread, not-quite-perfect produce or dairy products that are close to the expiration date. In 2012, 16 million pounds of food was consumed by people in need rather than going to a landfill. In the future it could end up in a store to be sold.

I always have trouble figuring these things out!
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I agree that this is much better than wasting food.

It may however actually hurt the poor.

As an example the Wegman's chain, in my area, has a program called "Waste Not Want Not" that allows local food pantries and soup kitchens to pick up things like, day-old bread, not-quite-perfect produce or dairy products that are close to the expiration date. In 2012, 16 million pounds of food was consumed by people in need rather than going to a landfill. In the future it could end up in a store to be sold.

I always have trouble figuring these things out!
I bet that you don't see a lot of "fresh" product in this store. Likely stuff that was overstocked or removed from shelves by vendors like the chip companies, keebler,Nabisco etc (these are delivered, stocked and managed by these companies). The fresh product and store brand stuff that is donated will likely to continue. I can't imagine grocery stores selling out of date fresh product for resale, and I couldn't imagine a company buying it after it had been handled so much. There would be too much labor involved on the part of the grocery store to make this worth while.
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I bet that you don't see a lot of "fresh" product in this store. Likely stuff that was overstocked or removed from shelves by vendors like the chip companies, keebler,Nabisco etc (these are delivered, stocked and managed by these companies). The fresh product and store brand stuff that is donated will likely to continue. I can't imagine grocery stores selling out of date fresh product for resale, and I couldn't imagine a company buying it after it had been handled so much. There would be too much labor involved on the part of the grocery store to make this worth while.

I agree. There would be liability attached is anything sold were a food safety risk.

They aren't going to sell expired milk or meat.
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