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Leftovers For All!

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BENEFITING: St. Mary's Food Bank

Cody Gatlin

THE STORY:

I use to work at a large hotel that held a lot of banquets and other catered events. I loved working these events because after they were over, the staff got to split up all of the leftover food, which was usually something amazing like steak tips, chicken marsala, chicken wings, homemade mac-n-cheese... so good! And there would be so much food leftover that even after everyone took what they wanted there would still be enough to feed 10 more, so one day I asked them if was OK for me to drop the rest off at a local homeless shelter (Genius right? :) But sadly my manager said that we couldn't do that because of "liability risks" that may come about from someone getting sick from the food or whatever else.... But I took the food anyways :}

I am hoping to come up with a way to take those Liability Risks away from these restaurants and businesses that throw away good food and drinks on a weekly basis, and allow it to serve it's original purpose of feeding and nourishing someone instead of ending up rotting in a dumpster somewhere.

I think if volunteers were willing to pick up and drop off the supplies, while businesses and organizations were willing to sign waivers freeing each other from liabilities, then we could share these resources that are being tragically wasted every day. It could start out as a way to contribute to homeless shelters at first, but I think it could also turn into a kind of Goodwill-type charity-driven farmer's market set-up where the food is preserved and sold at very low prices at different locations around the country.

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