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Old 02-11-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

I've become hooked to the One Hundred Dollars a Month blog lately, and she gets ton of reclaimed produce from her local produce guy. I think it's a cool idea, but is it really doable in most areas? I don't really have much in the way of "hometown" grocery stores in my area, just the bigger ones like Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, and Walmart. I do have one slightly smaller grocery store close by that my dh worked at as a teen that might be worth checking into, but I'm not sure how to even go about asking about it. Any ideas or suggestions?

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I haven't read the blog but I know that our local grocery stores won't give produce that they have pulled unless you promise not to eat it. My hubby got fruit donated to play fruitball (think baseball with fruit) and he had to promise not to eat it even though most of it was not spoiled at all.
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I haven't read the blog but I know that our local grocery stores won't give produce that they have pulled unless you promise not to eat it. My hubby got fruit donated to play fruitball (think baseball with fruit) and he had to promise not to eat it even though most of it was not spoiled at all.
On the blog she started out asking for scraps for her chickens but then found a lot of it was still good. She continued to pick up the scraps regularly bit started sorting through it and saving the good stuff before giving the box to her chickens.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

I don't think any stores around here would do that.

Walmart used to discount their rotisserie chickens if they were older than 4 hours, but they had to quit doing that. I guess maybe a lawsuit if someone got sick from eating one?
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My dh's store has actually taken to locking the dumpsters to prevent this.

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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

It must vary by region, because our church picks up produce that is past it's prime to distribute at their food pantry....from Walmart.
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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

I dont think any stores here would do that but i do know one of the local walmart donates near/expired bags of dog food to a local rescue.
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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

We live near Harris Teeters. They will put out HUGE bags of apples, bananas, potatoes, etc that are just "ugly" or have bruises on them. We almost always buy them out. In fact, I have almost 20lbs of apples that I got yesterday for $2 on my kitchen table that I need to do something with.

So not exactly reclaimed but close to
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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

We have a large food pantry that most the food goes to around here.
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Re: Anyone regularly eat "reclaimed food"?

It's not allowed around here due to liability issues. The store doesn't want to get sued if you get sick. However I do know that some of the stores do donate close to expiring produce to the local shelters and food banks.
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