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The Little Debbie Saga continues…

Last week I wrote about a Little Debbie delivery vehicle that tipped over and the shenanigans that led to its contents being thrown away. Whiel perhaps we should have seen this coming, given their choice of transport, opinions differed on whether or not the cake company wanted to donate the goods to the Oregon Food Bank.foreshadowing?? photo by the freewheeling daredevil via creative commons

The Non-Consumer Advocate, who tipped me to the whole story, came up with a great idea in the comments section of this here blog–get Little Debbie to dig into her purse and make a donation to the OFB.

Well, now the NCA has put out a call for action on her blog to try to persuade L’il Debbie makers McKee Foods to make such a donation. With the help of this form, methinks it’s time to leave a comment on their site.

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  1. Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink


    I had heard no response whatsoever from McKee Foods, so I called their customer service line yesterday. I was told that the snack cakes had to be disposed up because of “food safety.” But that if I wanted to get a food donation for the Oregon Food Bank then I should contact the local distributor.

    I worked all day today and will do so tomorrow, but I plan on following up on this avenue.

    I’ll let you know what the response is.

    Food waste of this magnitude is shameful.

    Katy Wolk-Stanley
    “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

  2. Kathy Marker
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    To call Little Debbie snacks “food” is a real stretch. I love an occasional Swiss Roll as much as the next girl, but I think the folks who are going to food banks to replenish their larder could probably do without more of this kind of sugar and trans-fat laden junk food.

  3. Posted June 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Katy, great work, let me know what you hear.

    Kathy, check the blog Monday for more on this…

  4. Dana
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Frankly, the fact of Little Debbie cakes being made at all is the real waste of food. I’d be happier if they just donated money to the food bank. Poor people so often get saddled with extra-carby foods and then we wonder why they’re fatter than everyone else.

    (My mother has at various points qualified for free food boxes from a local charity. She’s type 2 diabetic. Guess what she mostly gets? Rice, beans, and noodles. I got a peek at her glucose meter diary one day–it was scary.)

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