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amother




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Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:30 pm
Does anyone know how to get leftovers from stores (bread, produce), or what they do with their food when they don't want cans/bottles on the shelf anymore? Is there a way to get things for free or very discounted when the store doesn't want to sell it anymore?
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amother




Sapphire


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:32 pm
They probably sell to a discount store. Like a dollar store, or Aldi's.
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amother




Pewter


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:35 pm
google 'dumpster diving'.
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Squishy




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:36 pm
The frum stores give it away in my town.
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Rappel




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:36 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Does anyone know how to get leftovers from stores (bread, produce), or what they do with their food when they don't want cans/bottles on the shelf anymore? Is there a way to get things for free or very discounted when the store doesn't want to sell it anymore?


Check their dumpster out back.
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1untamedgirl




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:38 pm
See if this agency can help you-- https://www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/about
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amother




Silver


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 1:52 pm
Ask the store manager.
Explain to him/her, that you are not looking for a donation, but rather what is their procedure and how can you utilize it.
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Squishy




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 2:06 pm
amother [ Silver ] wrote:
Ask the store manager.
Explain to him/her, that you are not looking for a donation, but rather what is their procedure and how can you utilize it.


Try the owner first if you can.
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amother




Slategray


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 3:41 pm
Ask the bakeries. Some give away for free or deeply discounted right before closing or the next morning.
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amother




Gold


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 4:06 pm
Masbia offers way more than just warm meals...
They give away lots of frozen raw chicken, grape juice, produce, raw beans etc.
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amother




Honeydew


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 4:55 pm
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amother




Honeydew


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 4:56 pm
Ask the manager. The store I shop in let’s me go into the back and take from produce boxes taken off shelf. I just ask worker there to mark it.
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professor




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 5:28 pm
amother [ Slategray ] wrote:
Ask the bakeries. Some give away for free or deeply discounted right before closing or the next morning.

Yes or right before they close for shabbos or Yom tov you can really get it cheap/free even the really high priced items can go for dirt cheap before a 3 day YT
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amother




OP


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 6:55 pm
Thank you everyone!!
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mamaleh




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 7:14 pm
In Lakewood many of the stores give some/all of it to people who distribute it to people in need. If you are in Lakewood, pm me and I’ll try to get you the info.
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amother




Saddlebrown


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 7:23 pm
Shomer Shabbos gets bakery leftovers right before shabbos
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Squishy




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Oct 06 2019, 9:57 pm
OP,

You also may be able to get pizza, bagels, sushi, and prepared shabbos food. I know people who get in my town.

Try speaking with the owners if you can.
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Squishy




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Oct 07 2019, 1:18 am
Also, you can get free Kaparos chickens this time of year.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Oct 07 2019, 5:42 am
Jewish Family Services often has a food bank at their offices. See if there is one in your town. They often get donations that are not kosher, but they will keep one wall separate for things with a good heksher. If you make an appointment you can come in when the food bank is closed to the public, and "shop" without other people seeing you or rushing to get something near you. They have toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc. as well. Some even have pet food. They always have canned food, and occasionally get produce that is still in good condition.

You can also look for food banks in your zip code, and food banks that are open to anyone in the city limits. At one point I had a calendar that told me which banks were open on which day, the hours they were open, and where they were located. I was treated with a warm smile and dignity at every single location. (If you have a small child, bring them with you, they will give you all kinds of extra goodies. No one can resist a cute kid!)

Some of the food banks gave out pre-made sack lunches as well. DD and I would take these, and give them to the homeless people who camped at the bus stop on our way home. We felt so grateful to have a home to go to, when other people didn't. It was a great way to teach gratitude to Hashem, and to be content with what we have.

To this day, DD will always share her lunch with the girl who didn't bring much to eat. One year, when we were grocery shopping, DD asked me to buy her extra of everything, and pack her two lunches. I asked her why, and she said that there was a girl in her class who often didn't have any lunch, or maybe just a half an apple. The girl came from a very large, very poor family. DD wanted to tell her "Oh, my mom packed too much again, do you want this?" or "Why does my mom keep packing this, she knows I don't like it!" so that this girl will never know that my daughter is doing a chesed. She came up with this plan all on her own, and I'm so proud of her!

(Sorry, went a bit off topic there, but I had to brag a bit. My point is that giving and taking is an extremely important lesson for kids to see, so don't be embarrassed that your kids find out what you are doing for food.)
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top mom




 
 
 


Post  Mon, Oct 07 2019, 6:37 am
FF, you and your DD are such sensitive, sweet souls!
May we all have a Gmar Chasima Tova, and be able to afford food easily and in abundance Smile
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