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It's a shame not to feed the hungry

March 29, 2009

Re: David Lazarus' consumer column, "Doesn't a human's hunger trump hassle?" March 25:

If I read it right, you were referring only to caterers. How about restaurants? Shouldn't they be on this too?

The fact that there are organizations waiting to pick up leftover food, with no threat of liability, makes throwing out perfectly good food even more unconscionable. It is hard to imagine why anyone would be resistant to feeding the hungry.

Maybe if State Sen. Jenny Oropeza's new bill offered a tax write-off or some other juicy financial incentive for those who participate, she would get more cooperation. The fact that a law has to be passed for this is a sad statement.

Larry Safady

San Pedro


My daughter is getting married this fall, and your idea and the legislation proposed by Jenny Oropeza make perfect sense. It is kind, considerate and worthwhile.

I can understand the caterers' and restaurants' logistics problem, but up to a point. They don't want to make the effort to facilitate a public good deed, but in difficult times it should be made their problem. If they tried, it would be solved in a very short time.

I would patronize a restaurant that advertised their participation in such a program, and I'd bet many others would too. A little public condemnation of the California Restaurant Assn. will change their attitude.

M. Peter Balwan


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