“Do you know what you’re doing? This food could feed so many people!” I could taste my disgust as I spoke to an employee of a well known grocery chain a couple months back. He was dutifully marching to the outside trash bin with an overloaded cart of what he called waste. I saw watermelons, tomatoes, pineapples, mushrooms, avocados, bananas, oranges, packaged broccoli and a myriad of other delectable items that with a little trimming looking perfectly suitable for human consumption or, at the very least, used for compost or animal feed. I mentioned that up to 40% of food is wasted in America, but that fact didn’t matter to the manager; his concern was a lawsuit.
This isn’t stopping Doug Rauch, a former president of Trader Joe’s. He maneuvers donations, “waste,” pallets of post dated items and other creative food sourcing at his newest store called The Daily Table in Boston, where many items are under one dollar. Mr. Rauch has refused to accept that one must be wealthy to eat healthy and stay healthy:
“The answer here isn’t a full stomach, the answer has to be a healthy meal,” Rauch tells Fast Coexist. “When 49 million Americans aren’t able to eat properly, and because of it their health suffers—and they get obesity, heart disease, diabetes, in their teenage and young adult years—this is going to be a health care cost tsunami that hits all of us.”
The Daily Table’s first store opened in June of 2015 and has grown to 5000 members. As you might expect, demand is high and a second store is in the works.
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