We want to pay special tribute to Costco North London for being willing to donate produce that they do not want to sell. For them, this means fruit and vegetables that are beginning to ripen or which has defective packaging that does not compromise the contents or the contents of a package may have some slight blemish which again does not affect most of the contents but which a customer is unlikely to purchase. Formerly, all this was being thrown out and that evidently began to bother somebody. An employee who is also an Ark volunteer told management that we could take that food.
One day we got 16 boxes of bananas, still green on the ends. Another day, some 500 lbs of strawberries, again in beautiful condition. Imagine our folks having fresh strawberries for supper in April! There is more than the Ark needs, so we have bumped up our trading, or rather giving. Other agencies are benefiting from what flows in (and of course, the Ark receives from them, too). We are all very grateful for the increase in the quality of our meals from these donations of good, fresh produce.
So, if one store can do it, others can too, right?