Originally Posted by tallulahma
ugh, it can be.
I worked at a local pretzel shop and we had to throw away dozens and dozens of pretzels at the end of the night and every hour on the hour so they were always fresh.
I used to put them in a box and take them to places where i knew homeless people hung out.. my boss "caught" me & told me it was against company policy because of a previous lawsuit.
If I wanted to give them away I had to buy them first. so I did.
it turns out that the owner also owned a very popular local pizza chain and he got sued for giving away free pizza to a homeless man who got food poisoning from the pizza???\
so you should check your laws.... If by handing out the food you are held reliable for its safety or something...
I think one way places get around that rule--not giving left overs away--is to leave it on top of the trash can where they can choose to take it but it's technically still in the trash. Once when we were on vacation in DC that's what we noticed people were doing with a lot of their food, and there was always someone their to take it.
Where I live we have occasional older men on the corner holding a sign. Sometimes I give them small snacks--peanut butter and crackers, a granola bar, an apple, water, etc. I have always wondered what they were doing on the corner and if they are truly homeless. I find myself laying awake at night and worrying about it! We also have homeless families in my city, but it seems like we have enough charities to cover them...at least as far as I know. I rarely see anything but older men/veterans on the corner begging.
I once went as far as to invite a pregnant mom and her three kids to live with us temporarily when they were kicked out. It was an MDC momma from a state away, someone I met online. HUGE mistake...I learned that there is often a reason people are homeless. Occasionally they are just down on their luck of course, but it seems like some/many homeless people lack the ability to get a job, keep the job, and make good use of available government resources and charity, for whatever reason. It's a sad truth.