Skip to comments.Canaan (CT) woman asks Dunkin Donuts to donate its leftovers
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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Donuts for the poor... What would Michelle say about that?
Is someone stopping her from donating? Typical leftist: I want so-and-so to give such-and-such to those poor people.
But it makes her feel good, right?
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.
Since she claims the food is being thrown out, I don't see any problem with the chain donating them to local food banks........
In some places they’re forbidden by local Health Dept. ordinances from doing so.
Maybe they could get a tax write-off for charitable donation.
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!
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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.
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.
There could be a legal issue at play where DD does not want to be sued for giving away spoiled food.
Why buy them then? Just go to the food bank for them.
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.
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.
Why doesn’t she just go into the dumpster and get them?
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.
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.
>> 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.
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 ...
YOU do it, I'm too cold........
Ah, those evil corporate monsters!
If DD agrees, they will be criticized for giving stale fattening food to the poor. They can’t win.
Gave them $2.00 for the lot.
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!
Our grocery store can’t give away the old bread and produce anymore.
America has grown wasteful in many, many ways.
Canann isn’t one of the poorer areas of CT.
To indemnify DD.
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.
I suppose getting out her checkbook and buying the products and then giving them away herself isn’t an option.
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.
As long as they avoid donating muffin tops I see no problem.
I have purchased “day old” donuts or bagels, slightly overripe fruit and other deeply discounted food items from time to time.
There are only 14 people in the entire town ferkripesake!
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.
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.
Just don’t donate any muffin stumps to the poor. We already know how they feel about THAT!
Other then the fact they get sued and its their property.
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.
Dumpster diving is a huge liability for the store.
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.
soon day-old will not be enough. if they want to donate, that’s fine. if they dont that’s their business too.