A Beautiful Idea

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by Lenna

In our town, restaurants and shops are not permitted to give leftover food to the homeless. I don’t mean food that is rotted or unsafe, but rather food that’s no longer considered saleable because it’s “day old.”

I’m not sure what the reasoning behind this rule is, but a local shop has found a brilliant workaround. They have set up two dumpsters. One is the usual sort of dumpster filled with trash. The other is a clean dumpster, with ONLY “day old” food discarded in clear, sealed plastic bags at closing time. Older food is cleaned out daily and moved to the trash before the bin is filled again.

I saw some people yesterday collect a bag of bagels from the “clean” dumpster, and thought this was an amazing idea. Someone told me the shop implemented this solution a long time ago, and the city has allowed it.

Where the government fails, the common people often come through for one another.

A Garden Share table is another great idea for sharing extra produce.

Pictured above is a “Garden Share Table” where people place their extra produce. I was passing in the late afternoon when I snapped this photo last autumn, so most of what was placed on the table earlier had already been taken by passersby.

I think these are wonderful, generous ideas that reaffirm the goodwill of common people, alhamdulilah. 🙂


  1. Such a cool idea! I used to work at a soup kitchen which struggled to feed it’s large population of lunch and dinner-time guests. Pasta, sauce, salad and bread.. The food was rationed carefully. I always found it ironic that the kitchen was situated directly in the midst of local area restaurants who’d throw large amounts of food out regularly. When I inquired at the restaurants about this practice, they said it was because the town was very strict about making sure left-overs didn’t go to the soup kitchen. I can only assume it’s a liability issue? Either way, just thought I’d share this with you.. I love the idea of a “clean” garbage area for day-old food. It’s an idea worth exploring.. ! May you be blessed in all areas of your personal and professional life. http://www.timetobefearless.com


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