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Excess Food Should Feed the Hungry, Not a Dumpster! ACTION

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With hunger in the world today at an all-time high, I find it appalling that restaurants and supermarkets are responsible for up to 15 billion pounds of untouched food products per year.

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Friday June 15, 2012, 2:34 pm

Vicky P (476)
Friday June 15, 2012, 2:37 pm
S and N

T.L. H (6)
Friday June 15, 2012, 2:42 pm

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday June 15, 2012, 2:47 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Nancy!

Regina P (67)
Friday June 15, 2012, 4:12 pm
Already signed., Thanks

Joe R (190)
Friday June 15, 2012, 5:23 pm
Signed and noted.

Ela V (85)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:23 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:27 am
protect life,prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

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Terry V (30)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:52 am
S&N, thanks

David C (131)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:58 am
great idea....thanks....signed.

Ann P (17)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:01 am
Itís a disgrace. Noted and signed. L♥ve ☮ Peace.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:28 am
we must all stand behind having laws passed that make it mandatory for all food establishments to do food rescue each day and donate that food to be shared with people in food crisis. One such law to stand behind is the MItro/McHenry Mandatory Food Rescue Donation Law making it a federal mandate for all food establishments to rescue and donate all edible food at the end of each day instead of the current practice of tossing it into a landfill.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:50 am
There are plenty of shelters or soup kitchens that would gladly take what is being thrown out as "bad" or "unusable". There is a terrible wastage of food going on in America and it is a disgrace! Signed and noted.

Dorothy A (15)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:33 am
This is an excellent idea.

Daria Wells (30)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:48 am
My former MIL used to use the expression, "Go Begging" to describe things that were not put to good use. Food should never go begging! Much of what is disposed of is fit for humans. Even what is not, is fit for chickens, pigs, and other farm animals. As a teen, I bought sacks of day old bread and goodies from a local bakery, boxes of cracked eggs from a farmer who couldn't sell them for human consumption, and pails of sour milk from another farmer. On the drive from city to farm, my companions enjoyed many a loaf of heavenly Jewish rye bread and old fashioned (real) jelly donuts out of those sacks! Our farm animals loved it all, were exceedingly healthy/happy and produced the best eggs, meat, and milk around. There is no room on this earth to let food go begging!

Daria Wells (30)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:53 am
PS I still feed chickens, goats, and pigs out of my grocery's discards. After being caught in the dumpster, they began boxing discards up for me and leaving them beside the dumpster. If you have any livestock, try it. I guarantee that if you do, you will end up eating a "waste" item on the way home and feel no ill effects.

Jason Green (235)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:57 am
Thank you, you've already signed this campaign and confirmed your signature!

Lisa Neste (206)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:01 am
Thank you, you've already signed this campaign and confirmed your signature!

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:04 am
Not sure what city you live in but my problem is not obtaining food from stores, but that it is illegal here and in most of the large cities to give it out. I was threatened with fine and arrest for passing out wrapped sandwiches to the homeless in my community and told I must stop. My friend spend 2 years in prison for sharing food with the hungry. It's the laws we must rescind , food sharing prohibition laws. Dallas, Houston, New York City, Daytona Beach, Philadelphia the list goes on and on

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:08 am
Here in Toronto we have an organization called Second Harvest that employs this method with the help of large store chains. If you don't have one in your city you might want to contact the one here. Type in

Nicole W (646)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:19 am
signed and shared

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:25 am
Here in the United States the type of food that needs rescued meat, sandwiches, perishable foods are not accepted by organizations.

Christeen A (369)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:43 am
I agree with you totally.All supermarkets could benefit many organizations with the food they through out daily.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:14 am
It's about time. Didn't we all think of this for years....Let's do the right thing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:18 am
Not only supermarkets but food buffets ect. I was getting enough food from one 711 store to feed on the average of 15 people per day. Big beautiful submarine sandwiches, yogurt fresh fruit. I picked it up and drove it to hungry minutes away. Local government here told me it is against the law to share food. Local food banks would not take it as it was so time sensitive. Now my friends at 711 must throw it in the trash each day instead of giving it to me

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:43 am
I also have a petition of Care2 on federally mandating food rescue donation laws if you would take a look at it I would be very grateful. It is at

Raiin Blue (72)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 11:46 am

Carolyn P (98)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:03 pm
me2, signed and noted. Its totally mad to throw good food away. But here if you take food out of a superstore's wast bin (Tesco) they take you to court for theft! Other big stores, M&S do the right thing and have a homeless charity collect it. I remember once trying to give a sandwich to a man living in a cardboard box and he asked what was in it and when I said just ham, he said no thanks, he was waiting for the M&S posh sandwiches to be delivered!

Robert O (12)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:12 pm
Signed. The amount of waste emanating from supermarkets and restaurants is shameful, appalling and inexcusable! Thanks Nancy.

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 12:52 pm
This has been an issue in NYC for years. Why can't the local homeless shelters make arrangements with cooperating restaurants, and collect unsold food at the end of the day?
Is there a complication to this I don't see?If you do not have anyone to pick it up, put in a cab - for 5-7 dollars a day, how can this not work?

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:14 pm
yes kathy, the homeless dig through trash cans, but we can't feed them outside of the shelter unless everything is code compliant. and the shelter has to comply with restaurant standards. it's nonsensical.

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:21 pm
Kathy's Petition

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:26 pm
Thank you so much!!!!!

Saturday June 16, 2012, 2:12 pm
Signed and noted, thanks.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 3:24 pm

Catie Allison (1)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 3:50 pm
It's not fair that perfectly good food has to go to wast because of a few codes. it could save a few LIVES!

Saturday June 16, 2012, 5:29 pm
Signed. Thanks Nancy

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:29 pm
Kathy I signed your petition....gladly, but sadly that this sort of thing even needs a petition.
Thanks Catherine T. for the hotlink. I'll also forward the petition around for more signatures.
No one should go to prison for feeding a hungry person, there should be no laws to prevent people from feeding them. Orlando had this ridiculous law as well, I think it was overturned. In fact there should not be the conditions in this Country where anyone is going hungry. Darn disgusted with the greed of some at the want of others, in a rigged system where a few do very well while the rest get to fall by the wayside and hope they can make it.
You signed on June 16, 2012.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Florida Governor Rick Scott, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, New York City Mayor Bloomberg

Edith B (146)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:37 pm
Thanks, I signed,

Fran F (118)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:53 pm
Signed and shared. Thank you, Nancy.

Romila Lal (9)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:30 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:44 pm

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:51 pm
I heard that there is a guy who runs a food bank in the US. His NGO(?) collects excess food from restaurants and packages it into single servings and distributes it to the homeless, etc.

Noted, thanks.

Erin R (181)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:41 pm

Esther Z (94)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:47 pm
Noted and signed.

cynthia l (207)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:21 am
signed It is shameful with so many homeless and hungry

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:36 am
Noted and signed good idea

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:34 am

Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:59 am
Signed and Noted. This is totally insane!! how CAN it be considered justifiable to have all this waste when people go hungry? Our supermarkets here in Australia mostly waste HUGE quantities of food, when the pensioners and out of work people would LOVE to have the opportunity of being helped out with cheap or free food to suplement their income which is not NEARLY enough to cover their living expenses. They have gone so crazy in our bigger supermarkets that I wasn't even allowed to gather up the leaves that had dropped off the cauliflowers onto the shelves on the vegetable counter, to take home to help feed my resucued gunea pigs, because of health and safety issues! I was told I might be going to take them home to boil them up for my own consumption! Instead of that they are just chucked in the bin!!! If people are going to be this potty, what HOPE have we got!! I only hope that this petition works and your country is not so full of total idiots as we seem to have here!!

Kamila A (141)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:01 am
In NYC there is an organization that collects food and redistributes it to the homeless shelters. I believe its called City Harvest.

Michela M (3964)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:14 am


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:16 am
Dear Dandellion, Thanks so much for your signature. My good friend Keith McHenry is one of the people arrested in Orlando for sharing food with the hungry. He and I organized and had a global day of public awareness for these unbelievable laws on April and June 1, 2012. More arrests are coming down soon for sharing food in Philadelphia as new anti food sharing laws went into effect on June 1, 2012. For this reason we are behind the Mitro/McHenry Mandatory Food Rescue Donation Law for food establishment. To bypass the illegality of sharing food it will make it illegal NOT to share food. I have 2 other petitions explaining this at
Thank you so much for all your good energy!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 6:21 am
Dear Camila Sadly in New York City Mayor Bloomberg has banned all food donations to the hungry and homeless because he is unable to assess the sugar and salt content of these donations,

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:15 am
It is rapidly becoming against the law to share food with the hungry and homeless everywhere in the United States. See following link
Let us all become aware of these laws and stand up and say they do not serve us.

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:32 pm
signed & noted

Terri Hughes (416)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 1:05 pm
This is DISGRACEFUL. I have said these many time, that restaurants, grocery stores and anywhere else food is sold or served, should give the food that is left over to the homeless people and NOT thrown out. They could send the food to shelters or food banks. This is terrible that so much food is thrown away everyday and so many people are going hungry. Something needs to be done to stop this. This is SHAMEFUL!!!!!!!!

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:47 pm
Signed and Noted, Thank You Nancy.

Mary T (178)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 4:22 pm
Thanks Nancy already signed, Thanks Kathy I just now signed yours, This is disgusting to throw good food out while there are people and animals that are going without, This is a stupid law.

Carol H (229)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:29 pm
signed and noted

Sara Williams (8)
Monday June 18, 2012, 12:44 pm

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday June 18, 2012, 1:02 pm

Carol G (1)
Monday June 18, 2012, 1:16 pm
Throwing edible food into our overfilling landfills, when there are empty stomachs is insane!! Making it a CRIME to take things from a dumpster to FEED A HUNGRY FAMILY is sick!!! Prime examples of the insanity of humanity.

Monday June 18, 2012, 2:08 pm
Gladly signed. The rational for our greedy elite is that giving away food will lower food prices. Just like keeping people healthy will result in lower profits for the health or unhealth industry. We must change this paridign of profit over neccessity and sustainability.

Solution: grow as much of your food as possible. Food can be grown in your yard, on your patio, on your roof, etc,. We can also be our own doctors. Stop taking the drugs pushed on us by doctor and eat a diet that limits dairy, meat, and other processed foods or eliminates them altogether.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Monday June 18, 2012, 4:05 pm
....and dumpster-diving is supposedly illegal? Let's all start doing it!

Jim P (3257)
Monday June 18, 2012, 6:01 pm
Petition signed.

The laws must be changed to allow excess foods to be donated immediately instead of going to waste.

Too many people and children are starving here in this country of US.

Ty, Nancy.

Ann B (60)
Monday June 18, 2012, 7:36 pm
signed and noted

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 2:35 am
Thanks Nancy ~ Signed

Ludger W (71)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 5:05 am
noted, signed, ty

Diane Sullivan (22)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 11:21 am

M B (62)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 2:56 pm
totally agree, I've signed Kathy's petition. I always buy food which is expired (date), it's 30% to 50% cheaper. I don't like that they waste food.Thanks Nancy.

Harshita Sharma (137)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 5:57 am

Linda W (174)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 2:02 pm
Signed & thanks

Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 2:18 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting.

Carole K (195)
Friday June 22, 2012, 6:57 am
Noted & signed. TY, Nancy!

Nancy Black (308)
Friday June 22, 2012, 3:29 pm
Noed,signed,tweeted, shared. One of the reasons that grocery stores and restaurant don't give their food away is they have been sued. We need to look at protecting them so they aren't liable for suits. I am sure this would make a big difference. It is a crying shame that people starve all over the world when we have so much.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 22, 2012, 3:52 pm
Dear Nancy
There are many laws both at the federal and state levels to totally exempt food donaters from any legal liability. When Bill Clinton was in office he passed the Good Samaritan Food Donation Law to encourage all food establishments to donate by taking away the threat of criminal liability.
Either food establishments are not aware of these laws or just choose to ignore that they exist, with the result being most do not donate.
It is for this reason I am proposing Mandatory not Voluntary Donations. There are too too many hungry starving individuals to let this food be thrown away while they suffer.
Please support Mitro/McHenry Mandatory Food Rescue Donation Law
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me.

Diane L (110)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 1:02 am
I've never, EVER understood why supermarkets or fast food restaurants toss out all uneaten food at the end of a shift or the day. I worked for McDonald's briefly as a 2nd job (breakfast shift) and at 11:00 A.M., all prepared breakfast food went in the dumpster! No exceptions. I couldn't even take it home for my dog! I was told it was Health Department "regs" and they would be shut down. I don't get it. Why not box that stuff up and take to the community center to give away to the needy, or put outside for the homeless who wants it? Same with grocery stores. At the end of the day, unsold produce is tossed into the dumpster, and guess who pays for it? We do when we buy what is put out the next day. They don't toss EVERYTHING, but believe me, most of it is. For awhile, I had an arrangement with the manager of my local market and I'd leave one 52-gallon, clean plastic trash can which would be filled that night with discarded produce. I'd pick thaat up the next day for my horses and would replace with another can. Most of what was in there was in very good condition, and I ate some of it myself as it was NOT spoiled at all. Sometmes it was full of very nice cantaloupes, lemons, honeydews, etc. that do not easily rot. They had just gone past their "pull" date.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 9:18 pm
Thanx for your 3 petitions Kathy and all for your great input.
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