Mrs. Green's Explains its Dumpster Full of Food

Photo by Patricia Guzzo on Facebook
Photo by Patricia Guzzo on Facebook

Resident Patricia Guzzo’s photo of a dumpster full of fresh Mrs. Green’s food, with the comment “I have never seen so much food in a dumpster in my life,” prompted a flurry of responses on the 10591 Facebook group page.

The manager of the new Mrs. Green’s, in the store's defense, quickly explained that in the bustle of the recent store opening followed shortly by the holidays, it had taken this long to get a deal set up with a local pantry. Until then, by rule, they had to throw away some, he said, but not a lot of food.

“It’s been very minimal,” said Patrick McAvoy of how much food the store is having to discard daily despite the added difficulty of gauging how much a new store will sell. Items such as the bread, for example, only have a shelf-life of one day and then have to go. “I have no choice,” he said.

Starting Monday, Jan. 6, however, McAvoy said the dumpster will be far less full of food – the Westchester Food Bank will be picking up unsold items three times a week. Which is less than the daily pick-ups the store would have preferred, McAvoy said, but it will certainly help, and give back directly to our community in keeping with Mrs. Green's local, and green, theme.

Faced with the staggering statistic that our country throws away a whopping 40 percent of its food, former Trader’s Joe president has announced a unique solution. Doug Raunch plans to open stores full of food past its sell-by date, and still, he says, perfectly good.

From the Huffington Post:

Former Trader Joe's president Doug Rauch is planning to open a store that sells expired food. His project, called The Daily Table, will be a hybrid of a grocery store and a restaurant, Rauch told NPR. The store will sell prepared food, along with fruits and vegetables.

Rauch's inspiration for the store comes from the massive amount of food people waste every day. A 2012 report found that consumers trash up to 40 percent of their food. Last week, a new report was published detailing the futility of food expiration dates. The researchers found that date labels are confusing and lead consumers to trash food that is perfectly good to eat.

And what about that nice day-old bread sitting nicely bagged atop a dumpster? While in the outer boroughs of NYC, you might have a bunch of dumpster divers, or “freegans,” in there having a field day, Westchester residents might not dare to dig in.

Some shoppers wonder why not have end-of-the-day discounts on fragile things like the bread?

Others wonder about the high price to shop at Mrs. Green’s to begin with. 

Is Mrs. Green’s too pricey for Tarrytown? Are they green enough for you? Weigh in below.


LORETTA RICCI January 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM
The place looks dirty and definitely overpriced. Would never shop there. I walked in once and walked out.
loretta January 13, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I have found that they lower the prices as the date gets closer to expiration. If you visit the store a few times during the week, what you would have paid on the first visit may be different on the 2nd or 3rd. I look for the daily specials especially in the fruits and veggie depart and have not been dissatisfied. I like to shop often for the fresh produce and prepare often so it doesn't sit around in my home.
Janet Hogan Herrera January 21, 2014 at 01:48 PM
The Salvation Army Food Pantry will be alleviating Mrs Green's dilemma. We will be picking up food twice a month.
Kim January 21, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Great news!
Kathy Cheer January 28, 2014 at 01:23 PM
It would appear an excess of bread is baked everyday in the USA. Much of it, some sold in bread discount outlets or distributed through church pantries, ends up in dumpsters, in alleyways or growing mold in refrigerators. Why bake so much and why the high cost? Also, why the poor quality, even the higher priced? There is no gain in wasted food; agribusiness now grows produce in greater quantity, larger sizes, some of it year around. Throwing away food when much of the world suffers/dies from hunger is a sin in any language, culture or belief system. Figure out how to bake less bread, charge less. Less ingredients will be used thus cutting costs.


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