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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-09 08:46 PM
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178. I think many of them do donate to food pantries.
There's one food pantry I've been to a couple of times that has dairy products close to or past the expiration date. They have ALWAYS been good regardless of the expiration date, and I haven't become sick from any of it.

They also have produce (sometimes donated by my organic co-op, based in the same neighborhood) and also conventional produce, which I assume is from supermarkets. The last time I was there, they gave me nine yellow straightneck squash that were somewhat bruised and clearly headed for the dumpster because a new shipment had arrived at the store. I cut off the bruised parts and blanched it and froze it. Had some last night, in fact. What I actually ate was as good as any other squash.

For all I know, the squash had already been in the dumpster and had been retrieved by the volunteers. I wouldn't care if it had! I've done dumpster diving myself and know from experience the food is perfectly good. Of course I'm pretty selective about what I take.

I've never done any dumpster diving at a distribution center, though. That opens up all kinds of possibilities...

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