Food Banks Across America Will Get Starbucks’ “expired” Food Each Day



By C.Katt Crespach |EWAO

Starbucks announced on Tuesday that the corporation will partner with Feeding America and Food Donation Connection to give away every expired food item left on the shelf at the end of the day.

Starbucks has decided  to donate perishable  “ready-to-eat”  meals to food banks across the nation.

In a statement, Starbucks said, “This food is going to make a difference, whether it’s a child not going hungry for the night or a family that’s able to enjoy a protein plate that they would not have otherwise been able to afford at Starbucks.”

The Common Sense Of Keeping Unspoiled Food Out Of The Bin

All food wasted in the food industry could easily be repackaged and transported to shelter centers.

It seems like all restaurants and grocery stores should donate unused food. But there are laws against that actually which is ridiculous. The problem is… if someone get sick, it’s possible for them to sue the company.  

You see, the FDA has regulations about expired food…even fresh fruit and veggies.

That’s why grocery stores throw away so much food.

Except… Donations Have Been Allowed For Ten Years

The 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act  was signed into law and protects all donations of good faith from legal liability.

On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need.

The details of this law …

*Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;

*Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;

*Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and

*Sets a floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products.

According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person.”

Yes, …this law has been in place for almost a decade. Which means up until today, any company not donating their leftovers should be held in poor taste.

The Truth About Sell-By Dates, Emerson Act, and Donation Tax Breaks (17:49)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste (HBO, via YouTube)

 Being slightly socially responsible certainly makes you look nicer, Starbucks… but doesn’t excuse overpriced corporate coffee, failing to pay taxes… or a fair wage.

Its a ridiculous system.


Editor’s Note: It IS a ridiculous system from more than one perspective. However, good for Starbucks. Maybe this will start the ball rolling with others. Please share this with all your friends neighbours and acquaintances so more people will know about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act. Maybe we can start the trend….

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  1.' Kitty Schepkens says:

    they would better stop using palm oil in their products….

  2.' Giresh Thani says:

    Well that’s jus’ fucking great. Only makes sense. Could only be a hatred of sorts that dudn’t allow people to eat of the “left-overs” when there are people who need food.

  3.' Giresh Thani says:

    This’ a result of 1 layer of “Great Spirit”‘s race-hatred being checked, that’s what … I’m well aware. ‘S good tho, nobody’s gonna lose by it. Surely not the 1s who’ve been checked.

  4.' Giresh Thani says:

    The beneficiaries could get spoilt tho, n’become rotten, but they’re in another “dimension”‘a’spirit IF You will that’ll also have to get checked soon. Tbh, Was gonna leave “Great Spirit” as it was, for some time more, FOR A VERY WELL ordered reason, n’so was considerin’ lettin’ it unto Its hatred back for some before ALL layers of spirit get checked race-hatred-wise … but ye, reluctant to undo it now of course hearin’ even jus’ this 1 change which I’m well aware’s rooted in that. Might still tho. ‘S 1’a’those deeds I said’d not be understood, but rather misunderstood as supportive/encouraging of corruption, n’suggestive that also maybe I wanna show Myself up as the saviour’n’star who then comes to beat the shit out of’em … ‘D’ve all been pride’s manner’a’doin’ things, tho I’m only referrin’ 2 an assumption people’d’ve made. Clearly’s not My manner of doin’em. Tho the globe should still be biggin’ Me up all now tho. I should be on TV, but then I guess I’m not cuz I jus’ don’t wanna be @tm in’t it? Wanna speak to the public @ large, so do. But wanna fix sum things before that time, IF it’s to be for Me i.e.

  5.' Giresh Thani says:

    Once more tho, THAT’S JUST GREAT. Proud’a’whoever in Starbucks decided to make that change!

  6.' Giresh Thani says:

    What by You’re wrong w/ palm oil Kitty? ‘Ve never looked in2 it … IF You don’t mind sharin’ i.e., as opposed to Me havin’ to go’n’look in, when You already know. I’m not lazy, but it’s an opportunity for good karma for You.

  7.' Giresh Thani says:

    ‘Da’fuck, I don’t be makin’ all these typos, smh … was to read ‘What by You’s wrong w/ palm oil Kitty?’ Sum1 seems to per chance make Me wanna seem illiterate, which I’ve noticed for years now fuckin’ fools tryin’ to make it seem like I was quite cuz I couldn’t fuckin’ speak English. Sum fucked up cats out there. I know what they was tryin’ to provoke, but I’m nonetheless unappreciative, sum people’ll only speak when they ready 2, n’that ought’a’respected; specially when the lost as to sumn’re seekin’ guidance owed to the fact that THEY in fuckin’ up’ve encountered that state’a’loss … n’this’ not about placin’ blame, but about statin’ facts.

  8.' Genevieve Leah Asseo says:

    I think expiry dates are ridiculous. Granted I don’t get ill often, but I seem to be able to eat things that are well out-of-date, as long as they still look fine. I hate how quickly someone will throw away a food item because “it expired today”. Stupid and so wasteful >:(

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