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Canaan (CT) woman asks Dunkin Donuts to donate its leftovers
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Posted on 01/07/2014 3:02:38 PM PST by matt04

A Connecticut woman has started a petition asking officials at Dunkin Donuts to donate the uneaten leftovers to those less fortunate.

After a visit to her local Dunkin Donuts in Canaan, Nancy Lewis noticed that "large amounts" of food was being thrown out.

"I couldn't believe it when I found out how wasteful my local Dunkin' Donuts is," Lewis in a statement Friday. "Every day when new donuts arrive, my local store gathers up their leftover donuts and muffins and throws them into the dumpster."

Lewis went on say that the store's employees were not allowed employees to take any of the food home with them.

What was worse, Lewis said there is a food bank located a block away.

"They won't donate these perfectly good leftovers to the needy," Lewis said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: cannan; dunkindonuts
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From my retail experience, the people who complain the most about wasted food are the one who demand the freshest food and dig to the back to get something fresher by one day.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 3:02:38 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Donuts for the poor... What would Michelle say about that?


2 posted on 01/07/2014 3:05:25 PM PST by Third Person (The light pours out of me.)
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To: matt04

Is someone stopping her from donating? Typical leftist: I want so-and-so to give such-and-such to those poor people.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 3:08:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: Third Person
Lewis acknowledges that the food at Dunkin Donuts is not the healthiest, but she said "there is no reason for perfectly good food to be thrown out in such large quantities."

But it makes her feel good, right?

4 posted on 01/07/2014 3:09:17 PM PST by matt04
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Typical leftist: I want so-and-so to give such-and-such to those poor people.

Exactly. She has so many good intentions for other peoples' money. She gets to feel good about herself and she doesn't have to take one red cent out of her pocket to do so.

5 posted on 01/07/2014 3:09:24 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: matt04
From my retail experience,

Since she claims the food is being thrown out, I don't see any problem with the chain donating them to local food banks........

6 posted on 01/07/2014 3:09:38 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: matt04

In some places they’re forbidden by local Health Dept. ordinances from doing so.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 3:12:09 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: matt04

Maybe they could get a tax write-off for charitable donation.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 3:12:40 PM PST by Mr. Blond
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To: matt04

I’ve eaten day old Dunkin Donuts before. Trust me, the “less fortunate” are better off without them.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 3:13:05 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
>> I’ve eaten day old Dunkin Donuts before. Trust me, the “less fortunate” are better off without them.

I have been the "less fortunate" ... trust me, day old (or even older) doughnuts would have been great!

10 posted on 01/07/2014 3:15:25 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Hot Tabasco

http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/12/11907.pdf

The United States is often described as the land of plenty. But all too often we
hear about and see images of chronic hunger in our country. The problem of
hunger is significant, but our resources and ability to solve the problem are
significant as well.
One of the best ways to solve the hunger problem is through vigorous participa-
tion in food-recovery and donation programs. In this guidebook, you will learn
how to efficiently donate your restaurant’s excess food to a local food donation
program. Your donation will go on to feed people in your community who would
otherwise go hungry.
I know restaurateurs are busy, and many may say donating food is too difficult,
too risky or won’t really make a difference. I am here to tell you that it is not diffi-
cult or time-consuming. It is not too risky, especially since the Good Samaritan
Food Donation Act was passed to encourage food donation without the fear of
liability. Most important, it does make a difference.
The restaurant industry feeds millions of people every day in our nation’s restau-
rants. We are also on the front lines feeding people in need. But we have to do
more. We are the nation’s kitchens. We are the nation’s cooks. We are the ones
who can make this the land of plenty for everyone.

Herman Cain
CEO and President
National Restaurant Association


11 posted on 01/07/2014 3:15:55 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: matt04

All fast food restaurant throw out a lot of food daily. It cannot be donated for any cause or reason. My son worked at the local McDonalds after high school and was disgusted by their waste. But it is the law of the land. Liberal policy overseers do not want wasted food to go to the poor. According to these liberal wonks,the poor deserve better than our leftovers.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 3:19:14 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: matt04

It just astounds me how journalists are always the least curious, least qualified people for the job of reporting the news. Had the crew at Eyewitness News 3 bothered to call any Dunkin’ Doughnuts they would find that A)Giving away old doughnuts is like giving food to stray cats and pretty soon your paying customers are swamped with indigents waiting for the free stuff and B)The local health department likely will not allow them to give away food deemed to old for sale to the public. These are both lessons learned by a local bagel shop in my town.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 3:20:07 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Hot Tabasco
DD’s liability lawyers can think of millions of reasons not to donate food. Let someone get sick and watch what happens. In the food service industry there is a safety concept called “food handling” that requires the worker to maintain control of the food from start to finish (serving). Once the food is transferred to others somewhere else there is no way to evaluate the safety of the food unless they simply assume DD is guaranteeing it.
14 posted on 01/07/2014 3:20:26 PM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: matt04

There could be a legal issue at play where DD does not want to be sued for giving away spoiled food.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 3:22:43 PM PST by Oldhunk
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To: matt04

Why buy them then? Just go to the food bank for them.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 3:23:18 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: matt04
One word: "liability".

Once food leaves DD premises, DD has no control over whether it gets properly refrigerated, etc. DD does NOT want somebody in a food bank to get sick, decide it was from leftover DD food, and sue.

17 posted on 01/07/2014 3:29:04 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

A number of restaurants do give away their leftovers to the food bank....I think the secret is that they give it to the food bank, then the stray cats swarm the food bank, not your establishment.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 3:29:59 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: matt04
Liberals excel at giving away what is not theirs to make themselves feel better. Asking Dunkin to give their leftovers to the poor is fine and actually a good thing, if it stopped there: asked and answered but you know damned well she won't stop there. I smell a “boycott Dunkin Donuts” drive in here somewhere don't you?
19 posted on 01/07/2014 3:30:22 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: matt04

Why doesn’t she just go into the dumpster and get them?


20 posted on 01/07/2014 3:30:49 PM PST by PGR88
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To: RightOnTheBorder

I worked for a food-service co selling pretzels, pizzas, etc... at stadiums, cafeterias, etc...

All food is thrown away for the health and liability reasons you mentioned. ALSO - when extra pizzas were allowed to be taken home or given away, it was found that many more pizzas were made at the end of the day, and all those extra pizzas just happened to be taken home or given to friends, by the employees.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 3:34:55 PM PST by PGR88
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To: matt04

New laws and regulations have made it impossible for shops and restaurants to DONATE untouched food items.

They have to prove the items have been kept at a certain temperature and other conditions must be adhered to, which is totally stupid when it comes to items like donutes, muffins, cookies, etc.

A neighbor works next door to a donut shop and she watched dozens of boxes of donutes thrown away each night, when before Obama and his regulations, they were donated to food kitchens and shelters. There are now laws decreeing exactly HOW the food is delivered - I believe the bakery has to deliver the goods to a shelter in a vehicle that conforms to some new regulations, which the baker cannot afford to comply with.

Long story short, the friend waits behind the bakery until the goods are ‘thrown out’ and she is there to ‘catch them’. She then takes them to the public library, to nursing homes - we buy her gas cards to defray some of the costs.

The liberal wet dream is for everyone to be completely dependent on the government, which will be fully staffed with liberals (which is pretty much the case now). That’s why the charitable donations allowed for income tax purposes has been severely cut. Wealthy and not so wealthy people are now discouraged from donating, leaving the government to be the only Santa Claus that people in need can go to.

Anyone who doesn’t think this is a piece of the larger plan is delusional.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 3:35:49 PM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: Hot Tabasco

>> I don’t see any problem with the chain donating them to local food banks........

Then start up an organization that will collect and redistribute the discarded food, and also absorb the various liabilities while indemnifying DD.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 3:39:46 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Third Person

What I think would be a fun thing to do is steal a donut truck and have a bunch of police cars chasing it. Then have it b’cast on TV like the OJ thing .... just imagine being in prison for it ... what you’d say ...


24 posted on 01/07/2014 3:41:48 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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Then start up an organization

YOU do it, I'm too cold........

25 posted on 01/07/2014 3:43:36 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: matt04

Ah, those evil corporate monsters!

If DD agrees, they will be criticized for giving stale fattening food to the poor. They can’t win.


26 posted on 01/07/2014 3:43:43 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: matt04
I once cleaned a Smith's / Kroger's out of nearly 40 lbs. of fried chicken as they were preparing to throw it into the dumpster at closing time..

Gave them $2.00 for the lot.

27 posted on 01/07/2014 3:46:21 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Gene Eric
Then start up an organization

As a side note, why does it take an organization? How about just calling up the local food bank and having them stop by and picking up the donuts???????????? DUH!

28 posted on 01/07/2014 3:46:30 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: facedown

Our grocery store can’t give away the old bread and produce anymore.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 3:47:09 PM PST by bgill
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To: matt04

America has grown wasteful in many, many ways.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 3:47:36 PM PST by bgill
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To: matt04
When this is your customer base how can you have any leftovers.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 3:50:14 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: matt04

Canann isn’t one of the poorer areas of CT.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Canaan_CT?source=web


32 posted on 01/07/2014 3:50:48 PM PST by McGruff (I stand with Phil.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

To indemnify DD.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 3:51:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: matt04

In the meantime, we need to donate money so that the writer of this piece can take a course on basic grammar. Subject-verb agreement is just too old-fashioned these days, I suppose.


34 posted on 01/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: matt04

I suppose getting out her checkbook and buying the products and then giving them away herself isn’t an option.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 3:58:18 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: matt04
"Every day when new donuts arrive, my local store gathers up their leftover donuts and muffins and throws them into the dumpster."

I used to occasionally stop by a DD for breakfast on the way to work.

Just so happens that my schedule would put me there when the new donuts arrived.

Once in a while I would buy the day olds from them as a treat for my coworkers. They would let me have them at a 20% discount.

They have since canceled that deal for some reason.

36 posted on 01/07/2014 4:06:49 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: matt04; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

As long as they avoid donating muffin tops I see no problem.


37 posted on 01/07/2014 4:17:19 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: matt04

I have purchased “day old” donuts or bagels, slightly overripe fruit and other deeply discounted food items from time to time.


38 posted on 01/07/2014 4:18:17 PM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: matt04

There are only 14 people in the entire town ferkripesake!


39 posted on 01/07/2014 4:19:50 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: matt04

I used to work at a Summer retreat. Their kitchen would feed up to 2500 people tho it was usually a lot less. The food was brought out of the kitchen in large pans covered with saran wrap.

All leftover food which had never had the saran wrap disturbed was given to a local homeless shelter. I remember seeing their van come by just about daily.

Food which had been taken off plates or even if the wrap had been disturbed was given to a hog farmer. He had to cook it again for some reason. Anyway none of it went to waste. I liked that as I was brought up that you do not waste food. Of course we had a dog outside who took care of most of it.


40 posted on 01/07/2014 4:23:44 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: TalBlack

From my supermarket days, the only food we could donate was packaged products that didn’t require refrigeration or hot holding. I.e, no loose rolls or muffins from the self service case, no deli sandwiches, etc. We could donate day old packaged bread or rolls and things like cookies and other packaged baked goods. If it left the store it was trash, no questions asked.

Back in Oct. 2011, we had a foot or more of heavy wet snow, with most of the leaves still on the trees. Many places last power for a 4-9 days. Most of the stores lost power for a minimum of 24 hrs, the I worked at was out for 48 hours until a large (500kW) diesel generator was bought in. Until then we had only had emergency lighting, registers and a few outlets running on the small (80kw ish) natural gas generator the store had. With such a large area out (something like 80% of CT and Western MA), their weren’t enough reefer trailers or dry ice to go around. We had people complain left ad right they couldn’t buy or we would donate the food that had been at room temperature for a day or more.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 4:28:53 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Just don’t donate any muffin stumps to the poor. We already know how they feel about THAT!


43 posted on 01/07/2014 4:43:37 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Other then the fact they get sued and its their property.


44 posted on 01/07/2014 5:06:17 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SusaninOhio
Exactly! The word of the day kiddies, is...LAWYERS.

Once some homeless person digs a donut out of the trash and gets food poisoning, you bet your sweet bippy that some scumbag lawyer would file suit in a New York minute.

So now, dumpsters are locked, or in some cases, the businesses pour ammonia on perfectly fine food, so that nobody can access the perfectly edible food that is thrown away.

In the old days, McDonalds used to have a system where, if a burger wasn't sold by a particular time, it would be thrown out.

I know people who worked there who would tell friends when the "bad burgers" were being tossed, and they would just hand them the bag.

It was win-win.

Nowadays that wouldn't happen.

No offense to scumbags. I had no intention of equating scumbags with lawyers.

For the record, I apologize to scumbags.

45 posted on 01/07/2014 5:09:04 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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Most large stores (supermarkets, target, WM, etc) use garbage compactors, no access to the waste except from a locked chute, usually from inside the building.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 5:17:35 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04
That's right, matt. For that very reason.

Dumpster diving is a huge liability for the store.

47 posted on 01/07/2014 5:22:54 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: matt04

I got a feeling there are health department regulations against it.

I remember years ago a school in Texas was going to donate the left over food from the cafeteria to a shelter. The law forbade them. However, it was legal for a “slop” truck to pick it up and deliver it to a pig farm.


48 posted on 01/07/2014 5:30:42 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: matt04
40 years ago I had a close friend that managed several KFC’s near a military base. At closing he'd call me and I'd pick up the chicken that was to be thrown away and take it to the CQs, SPs or ODs that were working all nighters that couldn't get to the chow halls. Some nights there was a lot of chicken and others not so much. I made a lot of friends though.
49 posted on 01/07/2014 5:31:40 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: matt04

soon day-old will not be enough. if they want to donate, that’s fine. if they dont that’s their business too.


50 posted on 01/07/2014 5:38:01 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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