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155. It's a sin to see so much food go to waste.
I live in upscale Hoboken, NJ (home to Gov. Corzine and Sen. Menendez). We have one shelter that feeds the homeless breakfast and dinner. There is also room for 50 people to sleep the night. The shelter is run by all the churches and the jewish temple in the city. My Lutheran church is the only church in town that feeds lunch to the homeless. We used to open only for lunch, but started opening at 8:30 AM so people would have a place to go once they leave the shelter for the day. Both the shelter and the church have seen the number of people who show up to eat more than double in the last couple of years, but unfortunately donations are down. The lunch program is financed solely by the parishioners and we are not a big church. Hoboken is on the edge of the Hudson right across the river from Manhattan and many of its residents work or worked in the financial district. The town has been hit hard by the downturn and people can't give like they used to. Heck, some are struggling almost as much as the people we feed daily. Donations at the shelter have gone down by 60% in the last few months.

I do though have to commend some businesses that regularly give, such as Duncan Donuts. There is one in particular that donates a big garbage bag full of goodies every night to the shelter and has been doing so for years. The local BJs in neighboring Jersey City has also been very generous, as are some local businesses in town (there are several delis that donate pounds of cold cuts on a monthly basis). Having said that, the demand is so high now that we are struggling. It's sad that warehouses, due to liability reasons, can't donate this imperfect food to the local shelters and churches.

I work in a Fortune 100 and we used to waste a lot of food. I brought to the lunch program left overs many times. Bags of bagels, tubs of cream cheese, jelly, etc. until I was told once that I couldn't do it anymore because the company would be liable if someone got sick. I still did it anyway, I just sneaked it out. There isn't much entertainment lately and few chances to take stuff.

Take care and I hope that you never go hungry.

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  - Your OP advocates theft  leftstreet   Feb-01-09 05:25 PM   #159 
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     - whatever  leftstreet   Feb-01-09 07:09 PM   #172 
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        - POOR PEOPLE vs RULING CLASS LAW ENFORCEMENT  leftstreet   Feb-01-09 11:25 PM   #194 
        - I don't watch football, sparky.  fudge stripe cookays   Feb-02-09 07:27 PM   #203 
     - This is why i chirp when i start to come round the back of stores  vadawg   Feb-01-09 07:11 PM   #174 
     - It's not theft.  Yes We Did   Feb-01-09 09:38 PM   #185 
  - Oh yay! A ray of sunshine in the day  LibraLiz1973   Feb-01-09 04:20 PM   #157 
  - So many people have no idea how quickly "normal" can  truedelphi   Feb-01-09 03:02 PM   #144 
  - I despise that attitude!  Phentex   Feb-01-09 06:58 PM   #167 
  - Please don't feel that way - I see very poor people online at the library -  Sarah Ibarruri   Feb-01-09 03:46 PM   #153 
  - That would put more people out of work. nt  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 05:42 AM   #41 
  - well  ImOnlySleeping   Feb-01-09 09:14 AM   #69 
  - Alas, that's when bullets come into the picture...  Daemonaquila   Feb-01-09 01:24 PM   #131 
  - your sense of reality and compassion are non-existent.  Duppers   Feb-01-09 02:08 PM   #138 
  - I'm all for it. When you get that started PM me. Until then, I'll post information to help other  readmoreoften   Feb-01-09 03:02 PM   #143 
  - You get right on that then (nt)  Posteritatis   Feb-01-09 04:11 PM   #156 
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  - When I Lived in Downtown Albany  NashVegas   Feb-01-09 07:16 AM   #52 
  - On bulky trash day in my neighborhood  crispini   Feb-01-09 07:47 AM   #53 
  - I live in nice north Dallas..  sendero   Feb-01-09 08:07 AM   #55 
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  - Totally.  Daemonaquila   Feb-01-09 01:34 PM   #134 
  - in my complex  barbtries   Feb-01-09 05:19 AM   #39 
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  - My favorite cardigan sweater (brown 100% merino wool, Italian made,  kestrel91316   Feb-01-09 12:20 PM   #120 
  - Go to flower shop dumpsters ..  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 05:47 AM   #42 
  - We put things by the road for people to take  shrike   Feb-01-09 10:27 AM   #99 
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  - Good advice.  ThomCat   Feb-01-09 12:39 AM   #14 
  - I know at least where I live there are a LOT of laws dictating what can and cannot be donated  grace0418   Feb-01-09 01:22 AM   #17 
     - Hunters here are frustrated about not being able to donate the meat  Ilsa   Feb-01-09 09:21 AM   #71 
     - Where?  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 09:46 AM   #81 
     - I'm in south Texas. nt  Ilsa   Feb-01-09 10:21 PM   #189 
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     - Thanks for this information.  SheilaT   Feb-01-09 07:03 PM   #168 
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  - Another idea involving household items:  Contrary1   Feb-01-09 12:50 AM   #15 
  - Check out n/t  emlev   Feb-01-09 02:46 AM   #23 
     - I belong to the local Freecycle group.  Contrary1   Feb-01-09 03:52 AM   #27 
     - We've given away a couple of things on Freecycle  pipi_k   Feb-01-09 08:56 AM   #65 
  - Brilliant point of resource.  The Doctor.   Feb-01-09 01:03 AM   #16 
  - Thank you. nt  satya   Feb-01-09 01:28 AM   #19 
  - K&R  BrklynLiberal   Feb-01-09 01:23 AM   #18 
  - K&R  me b zola   Feb-01-09 02:18 AM   #20 
  - YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WHOLE FOODS MARKET LOL  LoZoccolo   Feb-01-09 02:27 AM   #21 
  - You know what?  Luminous Animal   Feb-01-09 03:11 AM   #25 
     - This might be a good place to remind everyone  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 06:00 AM   #44 
        - don't speak for me  ImOnlySleeping   Feb-01-09 09:22 AM   #72 
           - US Laws, I guess.  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 09:25 AM   #75 
              - Let's see,  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 09:34 AM   #77 
                 - I saw people in Las Vegas go to jail  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 09:48 AM   #82 
                    - And what are you doing about it?  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 09:55 AM   #87 
                       - If you lived in San Francisco,  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 09:58 AM   #88 
                       - Hey, you guys keep voting her in.  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 10:18 AM   #94 
                          - Guess I'm just from the school of CYA.  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 10:29 AM   #100 
                       - Wouldn't do any good  izquierdista   Feb-02-09 02:27 AM   #199 
  - Holy shit! Great advice! Thank you for posting! k+r, n/t  ColbertWatcher   Feb-01-09 02:28 AM   #22 
  - gleaning  Two Americas   Feb-01-09 03:55 AM   #28 
  - k&r n/t  Joe the Liberal   Feb-01-09 03:56 AM   #29 
  - oh, and "seconds"  Two Americas   Feb-01-09 04:11 AM   #30 
  - See post 13 for public safety message.  vadawg   Feb-01-09 04:46 AM   #33 
  - yes  Two Americas   Feb-01-09 05:14 AM   #36 
  - Oh, my god yes!  tavalon   Feb-01-09 04:49 AM   #34 
  - you bet  Two Americas   Feb-01-09 05:15 AM   #37 
  - Great advice for more rural people, TA!  readmoreoften   Feb-01-09 02:42 PM   #140 
  - urban people  Two Americas   Feb-01-09 07:05 PM   #169 
     - Good to know.  readmoreoften   Feb-01-09 11:39 PM   #195 
  - I buy bushels of ugly fruit at the farmers market and then dehydrate it.  wildeyed   Feb-01-09 03:36 PM   #150 
  - great idea! nt  maryf   Feb-01-09 12:25 PM   #121 
  - Gleaning...thus this famous picture  dixiegrrrrl   Feb-01-09 03:19 PM   #147 
  - Try finding or growing nettles.  Irreverend IX   Feb-01-09 04:43 AM   #32 
  - Nettles are loaded with calcium  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 06:07 AM   #45 
  - I've found and eaten wild lambs quarters right here in Los Angeles.  kestrel91316   Feb-01-09 12:27 PM   #122 
  - they're also great  druidity33   Feb-01-09 06:37 AM   #46 
  - Damn!  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 09:38 AM   #78 
  - Similar to spinach  Fedja   Feb-02-09 12:48 AM   #198 
  - to say nothing of the exquisite flower it produces.  ooglymoogly   Feb-01-09 10:11 AM   #92 
  - My problem is getting 'em to stop.  lumberjack_jeff   Feb-01-09 11:08 AM   #108 
  - They are nutritious and the cheapest thing in the world  truedelphi   Feb-01-09 03:04 PM   #145 
  - I used to do volunteer work for local food pantries...  Hubert Flottz   Feb-01-09 06:38 AM   #47 
  - I "stole" bags of dry leaves!  RedCloud   Feb-01-09 06:59 AM   #49 
  - How did you bury them?  eilen   Feb-01-09 08:29 AM   #59 
  - Please be careful around trash compacters.  HereSince1628   Feb-01-09 07:09 AM   #50 
  - Thanks for sharing..  sendero   Feb-01-09 08:11 AM   #56 
  - Ah, dumpster diving. Helped me and many of my friends in college/grad school. nt  Veritas_et_Aequitas   Feb-01-09 08:12 AM   #57 
  - The bible calls this gleaning.  intheflow   Feb-01-09 08:12 AM   #58 
  - Ah, the Gleaners... depicting this is a wonderful painting!  MrMickeysMom   Feb-01-09 09:07 AM   #67 
     - You can have this one.  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 10:23 AM   #97 
        - Thank you!  MrMickeysMom   Feb-01-09 11:04 AM   #106 
        - I had never seriously considered the name of that painting until now.  uppityperson   Feb-01-09 01:45 PM   #135 
  - FREEGANS  progressoid   Feb-01-09 08:30 AM   #60 
  - Why don't these stores donate some of this extra to the food pantries?  wildeyed   Feb-01-09 08:43 AM   #61 
  - Tax laws.  Why Syzygy   Feb-01-09 09:52 AM   #86 
  - I think many of them do donate to food pantries.  Raksha   Feb-01-09 07:46 PM   #178 
  - Some do, but I think the policies vary widely store to store.  Daemonaquila   Feb-01-09 07:54 PM   #179 
  - Whoever thought that in the land of the free and the home of the brave  Faith No More   Feb-01-09 08:51 AM   #62 
  - As a country we have been guilty of  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 09:44 AM   #79 
     - My family consider me to be fanatic but my father who lived during  jwirr   Feb-01-09 11:22 AM   #113 
  - You know what else gets discarded that is shameful?  pipi_k   Feb-01-09 08:51 AM   #63 
  - Also supplies like unopened diapers, hospital beds and other furniture.  jwirr   Feb-01-09 11:29 AM   #114 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Feb-01-09 08:52 AM   #64 
  - My mom used to work in the dining hall of a college, they had to throw it away...  originalpckelly   Feb-01-09 09:06 AM   #66 
  - I used to work in a college dining center as well.  dakota_democrat   Feb-01-09 05:24 PM   #158 
  - You have got to do what you have got to do to survive in these dark times  ooglymoogly   Feb-01-09 09:14 AM   #68 
  - I am willing to help anyone that needs it  MajPayne2   Feb-01-09 09:15 AM   #70 
  - May the goddess bless you.  Le Taz Hot   Feb-01-09 09:49 AM   #84 
  - You are one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life to do that  NNN0LHI   Feb-01-09 10:25 AM   #98 
  - K&R Brilliant post. Very helpful. nt  Ilsa   Feb-01-09 09:24 AM   #73 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Feb-01-09 09:24 AM   #74 
  - K&R People have been doing this for years.  pleah   Feb-01-09 09:45 AM   #80 
  - K & R nt  Christa   Feb-01-09 09:49 AM   #83 
  - 501c3  conscious evolution   Feb-01-09 09:50 AM   #85 
  - Rather than pick it out of the garbage...  gorfle   Feb-01-09 10:03 AM   #90 
  - I'd have to ay that this is the most agreeable DU post + follow ups  MUAD_DIB   Feb-01-09 10:06 AM   #91 
  - That's one of the best thing about living near a college town  pipi_k   Feb-01-09 10:18 AM   #95 
  - I am starting up a company ... "Dumpster Divers Inc" ...with workers from China, India and Mexico.  L0oniX   Feb-01-09 10:17 AM   #93 
  - Demand dginity, have a demonstration.  .... callchet ....   Feb-01-09 10:35 AM   #101 
  - Another hint for those with limited income who need electronics and furniture.  Berry Cool   Feb-01-09 10:39 AM   #102 
  - They also often have a free press newsletter for students only offering  jwirr   Feb-01-09 11:37 AM   #116 
  - Recommended. I can think of few more ecologically positive activities than dumpster diving.  lumberjack_jeff   Feb-01-09 11:04 AM   #105 
  - K,R,&bookmarked nt  tbyg52   Feb-01-09 11:06 AM   #107 
  - Great ideas! My uncle worked at a landfill a few years ago and  azmouse   Feb-01-09 11:10 AM   #109 
  - the thing i miss most about moving out of chicago are the alleys...  dysfunctional press   Feb-01-09 11:18 AM   #111 
  - Dont forget your animals....  Bigmack   Feb-01-09 11:18 AM   #112 
  - K & R nt.  maryf   Feb-01-09 12:27 PM   #123 
  - I volunteer at a Food Pantry. We get a lot of stuff from a food distributer.  trickyguy   Feb-01-09 12:38 PM   #125 
  - This is wonderful to pass along. For those who read this, turn up their noses and sniff that this  1Hippiechick   Feb-01-09 12:41 PM   #127 
  - Diggers.  TacticalPeek   Feb-01-09 12:51 PM   #128 
  - K&R  varelse   Feb-01-09 12:53 PM   #129 
  - They should be donating this to the Food Shelves.  glinda   Feb-01-09 01:29 PM   #133 
  - A lot of it does get to places like this  NNN0LHI   Feb-01-09 03:17 PM   #146 
  - Coffee places (esp private ones) usually have lots of used grounds for composting.  uppityperson   Feb-01-09 01:48 PM   #136 
  - I live right next to a grocery store and dumper-dive all the time.  Odin2005   Feb-01-09 01:58 PM   #137 
  - The main dumpster in my town regularly feeds about a hundred people I'd guess.  readmoreoften   Feb-01-09 02:48 PM   #141 
  - Eat for less than $1 a day on a vegan diet  nankerphelge   Feb-01-09 02:39 PM   #139 
  - Beautiful, beautiful, compassionate post. Thank you. It should be  Mike 03   Feb-01-09 03:20 PM   #148 
  - Frugal recipes  chill_wind   Feb-01-09 03:45 PM   #152 
  - It's a sin to see so much food go to waste.  Beacool   Feb-01-09 04:07 PM   #155 
  - "Have the healthy people eat first as a precaution."  Dennis Donovan   Feb-01-09 05:51 PM   #161 
  - I knew that things were bad back home. But now I'm starting to think that I have no idea  Number23   Feb-01-09 06:11 PM   #164 
  - Kick! And thanks for the Tips AND the CAUTIONS in this Thread...  KoKo   Feb-01-09 06:48 PM   #166 
  - Vender Warehouses  thrift_store_angel   Feb-01-09 07:18 PM   #175 
  - A little tip on veggie washing.  madeline_con   Feb-01-09 07:56 PM   #181 
  - K & R, bookmarked.  Raksha   Feb-01-09 08:08 PM   #184 
  - thank you.  shireen   Feb-01-09 10:16 PM   #187 
  - BE CAREFUL TRYING THIS  SoCalDem   Feb-01-09 10:23 PM   #190 
  - here is the problem  Two Americas   Feb-02-09 12:14 AM   #197 
  - and then there's The Grapes of Wrath...  Phentex   Feb-02-09 06:20 AM   #200 
     - Of course , I've read it.. My POINT was that people who try this  SoCalDem   Feb-02-09 03:05 PM   #202 
  - Very good. Everyone should read this.  sakabatou   Feb-01-09 10:33 PM   #191 
  - I wish we could have a forum dedicated to surviving the Bush economy.  EmeraldCityGrl   Feb-01-09 11:04 PM   #192 
  - I have been dumpstering for decades but most of these centers have Crusher systems  slampoet   Feb-01-09 11:10 PM   #193 
  - another tip slightly off subject but saves heaps of cash....  Swagman   Feb-01-09 11:39 PM   #196 
  - How To Survive A Depression  Concerned Canuck   Feb-04-09 02:04 AM   #206 

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