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I live in a small town, there are many families here strugling to survive. There is a local church that Kroger donates their expired food to for the homeless. Would you want expired food? I think in every town there is atleast one family strugling to survive even more so in today's economy. It is horrible and makes me very sad. what do you think we could do to solve this problem?

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Comment by Holly Hartmann on March 26, 2010 at 12:51am
Hi Andrea,

I eat expired food! I think the expiration dates are a way that food companies get people to throw out perfectly good food because of fear, and then go buy more. I once found an unopened can, from a 1950s Korean war-era C-ration military meal that was probably used by a wildland fire-fighting crew in the 1970s. I opened it up and it was Boston brown bread. I ate it and it was good. I also can a lot of my own food -- tomatoes, fruit, etc. When I have food in abundance, I can a lot of it. I have some jars that are more than 10 years old, but the food inside is perfectly good!

Where I live, in Eugene, Oregon, the St. Thomas Episcopal church has only a tiny parking lot and they use the rest of their property for a big fruit orchard and gardens, with the food going to the local food bank. I'd love to see every church do that instead of having a big parking lot or just mowing lots of grass!
Comment by Andrea Stephenson on March 26, 2010 at 12:56am
You shouldn't have opened that, it would have been worth alot of money unopened. Also I was talking about meat products, which really do have an expiration date.
Comment by Holly Hartmann on March 26, 2010 at 1:09am
Hi Andrea,

I've always wanted to find an unopened can in the woods and see if it's contents were any good. So, that was more important to me.

I can understand your concern about fresh meat, but even meat like canned sardines can still be good after the expiration date. Maybe not years later, but a year out of expiration is OK. I know from experience.....

I hope you can help your community have greater food security!


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