Food Falls to Non-Profits

Anyone who’s been to a casino can imagine the amount of food wasted at buffets and through the sheer volume of restaurant service. Two casinos on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls are minimizing that waste by donating heaps of prepared food to local charities.

The United Way of Niagara Falls collects this high quality food and distributes it to local homeless shelters. In this editorial, the non-profit thanks the two casinos, Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

It’s nice to see a food donor take the initiative. A manager for the two casinos called the United Way to establish the donations. Plus, the casino kitchens take the effort to freeze donated food, ensuring it remains safe, and store it for up to a week until the next pickup. If all donors took those simple steps, food recovery agencies could rescue much more food. 

Many food donors don’t realize that they also benefit through decreased trash volume and removal costs. These two casinos get it. With a little effort, they can help their bottom line, feed hungry people and help the environment by keeping food from piling up in landfills.

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  1. Posted May 7, 2008 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Do the health departments permit this in the cities of Canada? Do you know if Restaurants in the US are permitted to donate foold to shelters?
    James Perkins

  2. Jonathan
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Not sure exactly how it works in Canada, but U.S. restaurants are allowed to donate food that has been prepared but not served to customers. Anything that has been placed on a diner’s table or served from an open buffet cannot be donated. When in doubt, contact your local Department of Health. Hope that helps, James.

  3. James Perkins
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I am researching the subject of food waste and was surprised to find that the Casino’s in Canada can donate food. Can you tell me why that is not done in the USA?

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