Food Rescued for Homeless Shelters



$800 per day is dumped by every average American grocery store. On this Thanksgiving Day of 2008, $2,000 worth of cold, fresh food was found in one dumpster alone, and arranged under Xmas tree for photo capture before distributing to homeless shelters. Approximately 50 bananas, 2 pineapples, 50 salads, 50 sandwiches, 150 loaves of bread, and 10 desserts were gathered. $45,000 worth of good food has been donated to Phoenix shelters and needy families since March of 2008.
The homeless people themselves do not have the transportation to get to the suburbs where the food is, or a large vehicle to take it all back to the shelters for distribution, so that’s where I come in. Only about 5% of American grocery stores have unlocked bins. By gathering food from these 5% quietly and neatly, never leaving a mess such as the trash you don’t want laid outside the bin, hopefully these stores will not lock their bins. When the managers were asked if they would like my charitable organization to pick up their extra food and take to domestic violence shelters, they stated they were already donating it, they needed no more help, or cited liability concerns.
The Good Samaritan Food Act of 1986 protects all people and corporations from criminal or civil liability if someone claims to get sick from donated excess food.
Also, I am encouraging lawmakers to pass laws that would give the stores more of a tax advantage by donating their food then dumping it. Right now the accountants seem to think it’s an advantage for them to destroy rather than donate their fresh food.
P.S. Please don’t try leaning over a bin–it can easily bruise or crack a rib! And watch for broken glass and wood with nails poking out!

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