is it wasteful?

United States
November 21, 2010 9:52am CST
A friend of mine came by the other day and observed that I did not have a lot of canned goods in my cabinet. Well, I don't eat a lot of prepared foods, so that's why! But they went and bought all kinds of stuff! I told them thank you and I did really appreciate it. Now what do I do with these box dinners? I do not eat boxed items as they are not healthy and I am starting to train for a half marathon. I don't really want to throw it away because that seems really wasteful. But in one way I consider it a poison to my system! I wouldn't eat it if it was poison even just to be nice.... is it wasting to just throw it away? What would you do?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
I'd put a few dollars with it and give it all to the Food Bank. There are thousands of people in America who are hungry enough to eat much worse food than a box of macaroni and cheese. Just because they are not healthy for you, does not mean that they would be unhealthy for a hungry child. A child with an empty stomach cannot learn!
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• United States
21 Nov 10
Very true indeed. I know someone who is very hungry might be very happy with a box of macaroni loaded with sodium!! I am probably going to put it in one of the store's holiday bins. I hadn't thought of that.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
My Dear Woman! It's very obvious that you have never had to go hungry, never had to work, or go to school on an empty stomach! If this had been on your plate, you would be filled with sympathy today, for those who have, and are, experiencing it on a daily basis!
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• United States
22 Nov 10
How quickly you can judge me without knowing anything about me! I am presently on food stamps and section 8 housing. I have been homeless, lived in hospital rooms and literally stayed in a nursing home with my son. Many times I had to eat what they gave me or go hungry...now I have a choice to bring my blood pressure and weight back down to a manageable level! I had three jobs when my son had his wreck and have only one part time during the last two years. Now I take care of him 24/7 and only work online... you just don't know!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
22 Nov 10
Don't u just love it when people try to run your life.. i would donatye them to a food pantry or whatever u have around u. There are people that would eat them. I would not throw them away. Good luck w/your marathon.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I'm sure the guy was just trying to be nice, but I told him I didn't really need anything that I had plenty. He felt like my cabinets were too bare. It was a kind gesture anyway!
@surpriz3 (77)
22 Nov 10
For me best food is homemade food ,because it is healthy delicious and cheaper than the half made or ready to eat food the only problem is that it requires skill and time to do it properly but still i prefer it most of all :)
• United States
22 Nov 10
These are boxed dinners which 1- require meat (which i don't eat often) and 2- are loaded with sodium and other preservatives! I think if I was terribly hungry I might not worry about it I would just be happy to eat them. But I have the choice!
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
21 Nov 10
i will donate the food to the people who really need them rather than throwing them away... it is a waste and also a sin to throw away food... you can even give the food to the old folk's home near your house or salvation army... they will really appreciate them... :-) take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I believe there are bins set up now at local grocery stores and I will put them there so they can be distributed this holiday season! thanks
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I would give it to someone else to use that uses it. I would not throw it away. There are so many people hungry that would really appreciate it.
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• United States
21 Nov 10
I keep hoping to meet people who I think might need it. But I just don't meet people any more. I am in the house most of the time now. I think I may put it in the bin at walmart... just don't trust them you know?
@bunnybon7 (37694)
• Holiday, Florida
21 Nov 10
of course it would be wasteful to throw it away with so many people in this country going hungry. why cant you give it to a shelter or food bank or anything? are there no help organizations in your area? this time of year lots of stores have barrels in them for food donations.
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• United States
21 Nov 10
Yeah, I'll probably take it back up to walmart. I am new in the area and do not know where anything like that is right now... but I did see some bins at WAl mart.. we'll see about taking them back up there. That's where my friend bought them anyway! lol!
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
It's winter time...and that's when the needy need food. Donate it there...boxes and canned food are the kind that will last quite a while on their shelves. I'm sure they would be happy to see you coming with a box of food. While you're at it, go through your closet and pass on clothes that you don't wear any more. Have a great day.
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• United States
21 Nov 10
I do send my clothes and stuff to charity. But those places don't take food. I think I need to find a food pantry somewhere so I can give it to them. I just sent a couple of boxes of towels and such up to some families who just got their own houses. One had a fire and so I hope they can use some of my excess!
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@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
Yup! It is waste to if you just throw those foods away. Give it to those want to eat it. The good thing is that you help those needy for having to eat something
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• United States
23 Nov 10
I'm thinking the stores have big bins this time of year that I can put it in for them to give to the hungry during the holidays!
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
24 Nov 10
Well, that is a good idea friend. I appreciate it that might be a big help to those needy. Have a nice day!
@PDBME2 (1023)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I would give it to somoene who really needs food. I think it's the best thing to do when there are so many parents out there with kids who might need the extra food their children can warm up if they are alone.
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• Philippines
21 Nov 10
I agree with pdbme2 here... you can donate the food to a church or a community center or give it to a hungry-looking fellow or child you see on the street. I'm sure these people won't mind if the food comes packed with preservatives as long as it nourishes them for the day (or a couple of days, if there's really a lot) :)
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• United States
21 Nov 10
This may be true I just don't know either one. i can let it set in the cabinet until I can find one or the other though! thanks!
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@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
22 Nov 10
Oh yes it would be wasteful if you threw them out. "There are so mant people around who you could pass them on to. Try some sort of home or shelter to donate them to if you know of no one who is in need. I enjoy packing a little grocery bag and passing it on to someone even if they are not in need. I also enjoy getting stuff but I am especially in seventh heaven if I get fruits. Hm hmmmmm . Right now as I type I am eating an orange and even though its getting dark outside I feel like going to the tree to pick another and I just might.
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• United States
23 Nov 10
Wow, you gotta an orange tree right there? How cool is that! Yeah, I'm looking for some options!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
22 Nov 10
I don't like to waste food or anything else. I go to a food bank, and even though they ask you over the phone what you would prefer there is still things that I don't really like. If I get something like that, I will give it to a friend or someone that I think will eat it. If there are a lot of things, like it sounds like you got, maybe you could donate it to a food bank. I know in this economy they have more "clients" than normal.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I gotta find a food bank. Or I know this time of year the stores have bins and they give the food to those who need it for the holidays...
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
22 Nov 10
If I was not going to eat it myself I would take it to a food pantry where the food could be used by those who need food. Then it would be appreciated would go to a good cause and would not be wasteful. I could not throw it away, I would feel terrible about that. I think the best thing to do with it would be to donate it.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I just got to find one that's all. But then of course with my money being what it is and a trip coming up I may end up needing to eat it myself! lol!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
22 Nov 10
There are plenty of food pantries around. A lot of them are running low on goods these days. I'd fin done close to you. Then just call and see when they are accepting donations. They really can use non perishable items.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
This is true, I just need to find one here in this area. I'm not from here and don't know where one is. Maybe DHS would know!
22 Nov 10
It will be a big waste in throwing it away. Is there no friends or family that you have that you could give these to? Is there not a homeless shelter close, they would really appreciate it. It is always better to give so it can be used rather than to throw away, also people who go to homeless shelters are in need of a good meal, whether healthy or not. I see what you mean though, i do buy some tinned food in but most of my cooking is done from scratch, i do not eat much junk food at all. These really aren't for you but atleast give them to some people that would appreciate them and eat them rather than just wasting it by putting it in the bin, afterall, it is food.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I tried to give it to my daughter but they are watching what they eat. So is my sister. They didn't want it either! I am looking for a shelter or somewhere like that!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov 10
I would give them to someone who is not to well of As they would be so happy to receive them so if you know anyone that would appreciate them give it to them
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I don't know a lot of people here as I haven't been here too long but I think if I look around awhile I should be able to find someone or someplace to donate it! thanks
@kristenc (107)
• United States
22 Nov 10
If you have a church nearby, take the food there and ask if they know of anyonethat may need it that they can pass it on to. Chances are they proabably do. Plus, since you mentioned you are new to the area and don't know where a food bank or homeless shelter is, a church will probably be easier to find.
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• United States
22 Nov 10
I see a few churches when I run in the mornings, but there's not usually any people there. I suppose I could call one of them and have them come and get the boxed dinners and a few canned goods. I hadn't thought of that!
• United States
21 Nov 10
You can contact some organization and or church in your community and simply give it away to the needy. In fact with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up you can even donate them at your nearby Grocery store as they will be holding food drives for the needy. This is what I would do.
• United States
21 Nov 10
I thought of that after someone brought it up. there are bins at walmart and maybe at one of the other stores too. I'll have to look this week to be sure and that's probably what I will do.
• United States
21 Nov 10
It would be wasteful, and frankly no matter what you do with it except eating it will be hurtful to your friend, I would suggest giving it to the homeless and hungry, or in other words, the food bank
• United States
21 Nov 10
Yeah, I gotta find one of those for sure. I am not sure where to look really, but I need to find it out because that way when it happens again others can benefit..thanks
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
21 Nov 10
No I would not throw them out, as someone else could always use them. This time of year there are food donation bins everywhere, I just saw some at Walmart yesterday, my kid's schools are accepting canned food donations, probably even the library and other public places have bins for food donations. So, I would donate the food to someone who needs it. Maybe you even have a neighbor who could use it.. sometimes I'll just bring my unwanted canned food items to my mother's.. she will usually use it (she's on foodstamps and SSI, so every little bit helps her) and I know she works closely with Catholic Charities so anything she doesn't use she probably gives tot he Catholic Charities lady who comes to see her, so it will always find a good home!
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• United States
21 Nov 10
I think I did see a box for such things at walmart... I know that's even where he bought them! lol! I can take them there! thanks!
@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
21 Nov 10
Hello friend, if that food is something, which can stay good for eating lots of time, i would keep it somewhere at home and stay it for bad days. We got times, when we don't have money at all, so that kind of food is never needless for me. And i think it's great that your friends gifted it to you. If you don't want to eat it, give it to someone, who need it more than you. I would stay it at home, for dogs or cats, who are homeless, because here we got a lot of these and people are not only cruel with them, but just hate and kill them without reason. Or i would give it to people, who beg for money near the center of the city i live. There are always that kind of people, i think everywhere, so you can find a good place for that food, without making the food garbage.
• United States
21 Nov 10
This is true, I just don't know of any such place yet. But I will try to find somewhere that it can be used. I'm just not sure where to look first!