I used to work in a food factory and they sent me to throw a lot of good food like flour and beans and they were good, but for some reason that i would never understand they prefer to throw to the garbage instead of give it to somebody who need it. Same thing happen with restaurants if they could give that food to hungry people instead of throwing to the garbage. If i ever own a restaurant i wouldnt like to throw good food i mean they can not give it to a shelter or to the city. If that food would be used in a good way there would never be hungry people.
They could certainly donate it to soup kitchens and food pantries, why they dont, I dont know. There is enough food grown probably in America alone to feed the world, but no company really wants to give anything away for free even if it's just going to go in the garbage, not all companies are like that, but most are and I couldnt tell you why, I mean, honestly, there is enough food to make sure noone ever goes hungry, it's insane to me that hunger is still a problem in the world today. They'd rather exploit starving children in Africa on tv and ask people to 'sponsor a child' with money and what they really do with that money, who can say.
Onemandog has the right of it - if they don't throw it away, they can't write it off for taxes. When you think of how much gets thrown away, it adds up to some pretty significant costs.
It's the government who needs to start declaring write-offs for these kinds of donations, but until that happens, the food service industry will continue to throw away perfectly good food for the sake of their bank accounts ... I don't really blame the restaurant owners - paying for food you never use can cause a huge profit loss.
It could be about greed............larger organizations would rather write it off as a loss on their taxes than spend money to ship it to areas in need.........very sad. There are hungry innocent people especially children all around the world and not enough is done to help them.
It's a liability usually. And it could also be an issue with their image because people will say "omg, why do they give those poor people old food, why don't they give them better food" or whatever.
Yup, the amount of grain that we feed the cows in livestock production is enough to feed the entire world. Our world is messed up.