In the US, most out-dated non-perishable foods are sold to wholesalers that sell them off to discounters. Perishable foods are either re-sold in the Deli/"ready-to-eat" sections or pitched. Would be interesting to see who's on the hook for refrigeration when it would normally be tossed.
My problem isnt with feeding the poor but rather the government dragging business owners into a fight which they should be handling on their own. A better liveable wage, more jobs and healthier food opitions are all things wich are going to help the poor in the long run. Feeding them stale bread and old veggies is small-time.
‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).
Folks can't take nights and weekends off, so to speak, there can't be periods of weeks or months where nobody is working on it, and it needs to happen in small towns where everyone might be suffering as well as in big cities where the "haves" can afford the volunteerism necessary in order for the "have nots" to benefit.
Quite clearly this isn't happening in all municipalities in America, big and small, every day, year round.
If it were, there would be no need for a law like this.
I'm not saying that it's right or wrong to mandate that businesses donate food. Personally I'm on the fence about it. But quite clearly the need is there.
“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
Monarch Foods or something similar. These kinds of organizations provide high volumes of low cost food for places like schools, prisons ect. Chances are if the state or local gov is buying food for homeless shelters, it's not coming from local supermarkets. However, it's also fair to say that companies like Monarch would be negatively effected.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
i like the idea of putting food that is still ok to good use.
i use this resource a lot :
StillTasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide - Save Money, Eat Better, Help The Environment
the site has some pretty good advice about shelf life.