How to get Free Food
|June 13, 2011||Posted by under Freebies & Gift Cards, Green Living, Groceries|
There are numerous ways of getting free food, though it won’t always be healthy or gourmet tasting!
Last night my partner and I headed to a gourmet pizza place to order a pizza. I love this place because they have REAL pizzas, not the typical nasty spaghetti sauce on the crust and bad veggies. This place has real toppings such as: fresh baby leaf spinach, artichoke hearts, chopped tomatoes and they even offer gluten free crust!
So we ordered our pizza and waited by the counter. I noticed the girl was taking out a few slices from the display cabinet (the cabinet they use to sell individual slices). It appeared as though she was going to throw them out. I asked her and she said she had to throw them out since they had been there awhile and could no longer be sold. I asked if I could take the slices with me and she packed them up in a box and gave them to me…FREE (slices here are $5each so that’s $10 worth of free food)! The manager then told me to come between 9-10pm on weeknights and I could get cheaper or free pizza slices. COOL! Sadly, the slices I got for free had meat and cheese on them so I will head over downtown to give them to homeless people. The pizza is still good and it’s gourmet!
There is nothing I despise more than food waste. I do contribute to some food waste myself but try not to; It is a battle I continue to fight.
If you want to obtain free food, go to restaurants (Fast food places are easier) right before closing and ask them what they are willing to get rid of. I’ve heard that donut shops are a great place to score free food. Also, try bakeries and coffee shops (they usually get rid of sandwiches and baked goods at the end of the day). If you are lucky enough to live in a city where there is a vegan bakery or two, ask them!
Of course some food is probably not entirely vegan but if you can salvage some free food and pass it along to those in need, you’re making a difference! It never hurts to ask, so go ahead and obtain food that would otherwise be thrown out and pass it along or keep it for yourself!
Imagine how many people we could feed with food that would go to waste!? That’s why I am a huge fan of Food Not Bombs.…..Check them out too.
Do you have any good food waste stories? How have you managed to salvage food?