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1/2 of me says: "Cool, low cost food source." the other 1/2 says: "Hm. I wonder if this becoming a "market" will divert food that might otherwise have ended up in the freegan deli selection (i.e dumpster for free).

Daily Table opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

The nonprofit grocery store is in the low-to-middle income Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. It's selling canned vegetables two for $1 and a dozen eggs for 99 cents. Potatoes are 49 cents a pound. Bananas are 29 cents a pound.

"That's good. It's cheap! Everything good," says Noemi Sosa, a shopper marveling at the prices that — for Boston — are phenomenally low.

The reason these prices are so low? Most of the stock is donated by food wholesalers and markets. It either didn't sell or it's surplus.

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I'm mixed on this, too. While it's great that there seems to be a realistically priced grocery store now that "average folk" can afford, how many of "us" (gypsies, vagabonds, freegan, free spirits, etc) will suffer?

I'll keep an eye on this story and hope that when they can, they will give food away, or at least put it dumpster accessible...meaning, unlike where I am where dumpsters are behind high, locked fences...people will be able to take it as they need it.

Thanks for posting this.
 
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This is already a thing; grocery outlet is a big chain in Oregon with some stores in CA and CO. They sell decent, cheap "used" food...

I've pulled good shit out of their dumpsters. Just sayin'. Even these places throw out the "odds and ends". Pretty certain that they'll only buy old food from retailers in lots of a certain size, too, so those stores are throwing away anything that doesn't fit in.

Locks and compactors are the real enemy.
 

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The closest cool place I have like that near me, is in Dade City (an hour and a half from me) and it's called, 'Tin Can Pam's.'

Food is all store rejects (boxes got rained on, crushed - stuff inside is okay but the box is aesthetically not pleasing to look at) etc and it's a great place to stock up, for literally pennies.

Love that place.
 
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Grocery stores will continue to throw away food when it is bruised, soggy or just too damn good lookin' for the next delivery. I don't care who is in the business, there will always be a place where food which is not available for purchase is disposed of.

I'm more concerned about who places their food into a compactor, destroying it without letting it become available to the poor.

Outlaw locks on dumpsters.

Tax compactors (f.u. Walmart and others)

Also, fuck that guy who makes a mess around a dumpster and gets it shut down.
 
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Non profit=my budget
Can't go wrong as a buyer when profit gets thrown out.
 

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i hope things like this and things like the groceries not being allowed to throw out good food in france really start to catch on. this could help out a LOT of people in the world.

and as for less food to dumpster, i'm really not worried about that, we haven't gotten that great as a society, and we also need to start looking beyond our own personal wants (dumpstered food) if a sustainable alternative is a available.
 

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i agree. i rather pay than go to the food banks which r packed with ppl bitchin about "free" food. hopefully this idea will hit colorado soon
I ranted about that very same thing. Ingrates need to go hungry.

Okay, I'm done... don't mean to get off topic. I have a tendency to ramble...
 
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Grocery stores will continue to throw away food when it is bruised, soggy or just too damn good lookin' for the next delivery. I don't care who is in the business, there will always be a place where food which is not available for purchase is disposed of.

I'm more concerned about who places their food into a compactor, destroying it without letting it become available to the poor.

Outlaw locks on dumpsters.

Tax compactors (f.u. Walmart and others)

Also, fuck that guy who makes a mess around a dumpster and gets it shut down.
PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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There's a dented can store in LA that a couple of enterprising young men opened in an old store front. All they sell is dented cans, burst boxes and bags wrapped in packing saran, etc. I love that place!

I hope this new endeavor in Boston catches on and is actually as altruistic as it appears. Pardon my skepticism, but I'm always a tad bit suspicious whenever a corporate source announces a 'do good' idea. I hope my natural skepticism will prove to be unfounded. :)
 
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