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fracy August 9th, 2016 6:10am

Should there be a law requiring grocery stores to give unsold food to the needy?

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Suzan Hawaii
08/10/16 10:29 am

It would put their liability off of the charts. The fresh produce spoiled and should not be eaten by humans. The food with the expiration dates are there for reason.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/10/16 8:21 am

No, there shouldn't be a law requiring it. But, they should definitely get rid of any and all laws that prevent people and businesses from giving food to the needy...and yes, laws like that really do exist.

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/10/16 1:26 am

I'd like it better if grocers got a tax break for their donations of food.

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catpillow Florida West Coast
08/10/16 1:26 am

I'd like it better if grocers got a tax break for their donations of food.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
08/09/16 5:42 pm

Don't like requiring to give unsold food.
A law allowing unsold food to be given to local shelters is appropriate.
Many communities don't allow this because of health department issues.

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dfish at home
08/09/16 4:23 pm

Now they have to pay to transport it somewhere else?! Sounds like that isn't very well thought out

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alval California
08/09/16 1:17 pm

A law no, it would be nice but most place throw food away because they don't want to be liable for sickness.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/09/16 5:08 pm

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dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
08/09/16 5:45 pm

A liability protection law does not exist everywhere.
It's a good idea though.

Carcano Mark 15 39
08/09/16 12:53 pm

So if I wait until the end of the day I can get my groceries for free?

davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
08/09/16 10:44 am

If we didn't live in a litigious society then sure.
But undoubtedly they would be sued. They are throwing the food out because they no longer deem the food to salable to the general public. The first person that got from the beef stew a week past its expiration date sues for millions and ruins it for everyone.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/09/16 5:08 pm

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Iamamerican California
08/09/16 10:29 am

The grocery company I used to work for gave some food to homeless shelters, composted other food items and recycled cardboard.

getupbaby South City
08/09/16 9:29 am

No. It's not necessary. Tax codes make it advantageous to do so and almost all of them do. I actually put together donations for a grocery store.

Celadonne ballfield
08/09/16 7:42 am

Great idea. I think a lot of stores already do this. You're a great writer, why not do a feature article on those that do? We could use some good news! As far as a law goes, I think not, only because it would be costly to regulate. I would think the stores who want good publicity would happily donate their unsold food without a legal requirement, but on the other hand many don't have the staff to dedicate to such a program. Perhaps a community service program? What do you think?

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08/08/16 11:15 pm

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/08/16 11:19 pm

What needs to be done first is remove liability laws.
I've heard they're afraid to put out or donate food because they can be held liable if someone gets sick.

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08/08/16 11:22 pm

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/08/16 11:38 pm

There's a difference between a sell by or best before date and actual expiration. They should be allowed to give away, minus liability, if it's slightly over.
It would help if the producer puts a true "safe until" label on it.
I hate food wasted.

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/09/16 5:55 am

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RB20 Indiana
08/09/16 9:32 am

If many already do it then why legislate it? And why legislate what they get to do with their own property?