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6:16AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

good to know and heighten awareness about

1:09AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

How wonderful that these ideas are finally put into practice in the USA. Other nations have done these types of things for a long time now.

9:57AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:02AM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Thanks for the article.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 16, 2010

Our city has a number of programs that bring leftovers from restaurants (never served to customers!!) to shelters. There are very strict rules regarding this. Tho' many readers may not understand this, it is for the protection and safety of the homeless. As tempting as it might be, for example, to re-distribute bread left in a bowl on a table, how sanitary is it? Did dirty fingers handle it? What germs or viruses were on those hands? Did someone sneeze or cough on them? Had they fallen on the floor and been replaced to the basket?

People who are homeless come from all sorts of places, problems, and backgrounds. Some have mental illnesses, some have suffered loss and/or tragedy. Whatever the case, they all deserve dignity and respect. To leave your leftovers on a trash long is it there till found? Has the food spoiled? Did you use clean hands, etc? Would you prefer food to be handed to you personally? Or would you rather be treated like a scavenging animal? Just because you may sadly witness an individual dumpster-digging, doesn't mean it's okay to treat them as lowly creatures.

7:29PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

Thank you for this interesting article. It is good to reduce the amount of food wasted and benefit people at the same time.

8:04AM PDT on Oct 15, 2009

There are many ways to help the hungry - my church has a food pantry, Salvation Army, Red Cross, World Vision to name a few. Just being aware of those who are doing without and doing what you can on a personal level will make a difference. There are also shelters for homeless men and women that always need donations. Also - it seems like when I give I have more. I like the idea of giving the takeout to a homeless person. I read about a person who made peanut butter sandwiches and passed them out which would have a much lower chance of spoiling and could be kept on hand in the car or tote bag.

6:42AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

As the old saying can feed them fish or you can teach them to fish. Although fixing the problems behind homelessness is a monumental job that touches so many factors, leaving food out for hungry homeless seems to be more of a loose loose answer. Just how long is this food sitting out for? If homeless get sick ingesting leftovers, will that not tax the medical system? What about addressing the root of the homeless problem? In the meantime, at least food banks are safer with their distribution of healthier foods.
Having gone from cooking daily for a large number of people, to only myself, I find it easy enough to make food for 4 (as an example) and divide the left overs, package properly, date and freeze them in good quality containers. This not only has reduced my food bill by over 70%, but when I don't feel like cooking from scratch, I simply check out my pre-cooked stash and re-heat, or micowave it. I have taken up par-boiling veggies from fresh, as I can't consume a head of (ei)broccoli before it becomes less than fresh. My frozen fresh veggies are treated the same as any store bought frozen veggies, and I don't waste food. There are many fruits that can be "tray" frozen then packaged and used in future for spreads, jam, toppings on other foods, etc.
One last comment...don't forget to include some treats when contributing to a food bank.

6:13AM PDT on Jun 10, 2009

It's all about portions. Around here, we got 9 people living here. As we started getting jobs, fixing our own meals, etc. my parents were on a huge learning curve. They were used to making a big pot of hambuger (3-5 lbs) , a whole package of spaghetti noodles, etc....well, when there's only 2-3 kids home (the rest work nights, or are gone, etc...) - that's a lot of leftovers ;)

So yea, they've moved on, now it's 1 LB, maybe HALF the pack of spaghetti noodles, etc ;) For pasta night. lol

Now when ma makes sloppy joes, or lasagna, there's no reduced portions there LOL - cause those are the leftovers that get eaten quick :)

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