Safeway: Stop Wasting Good Food!
  • Petitioned Safeway corporation (Winnipeg)

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Safeway corporation (Winnipeg)

Safeway: Stop Wasting Good Food!

    1. Petition by

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      Winnipeg, Canada

"In March 2011, 851,014 people were assisted by food banks in Canada. Food bank use is 26% higher than in 2008, and this fact sends a clear message: the effects of the recession are still being felt across the country. As a result, a near record number of people are unable to afford enough food for themselves and their families." (Hunger Count Survey, 2011)

Safeway is a very successful supermarket chain operating throughout Canada and the US. They state that "Social corporate responsibility is the core of everything [they] do," and claim to work at improving neighborhood communities and encouraging environmental sustainability. And yet, Safeway stores maintain a policy which mandates the waste of edible food on a massive scale--food which requires much resources and energy to produce, and food which could feed the rising number of hungry in Winnipeg. To discard food in a compactor following "best by"/"enjoy by" dates is NOT socially responsibile, but socially irresponsible; a neglect of the needs of low-income people of Winnipeg--especially of those in the surrounding West End community--and poor stewardship of the environment's resources.

Safeway is free from liability for any isolated health issues resulting from food donations, as they are protected under the Manitoba Food Donations Act (1994), which states:
* A director, agent, employee or volunteer of a corporation that donates food or that distributes donated food is not personally liable for any damages resulting from injuries or death caused by the consumption of the food unless:
(a) the food was adulterated, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption; and
(b) in donating or distributing the food, the director, agent, employee or volunteer intended to injure or to cause the death of the recipient of the food or acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

We, the following concerned citizens, petition Safeway to employ a policy of distributing all consumable foods to social food centers in surrounding communities.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rachel Guenther DUGALD, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      This inefficiency is disgusting. People are going hungry while food is being wasted merely because of some red tape!

    • Kathleen Mitro DAYTONA BEACH, FL
      • over 2 years ago


      One in 7 people in the United States are hungry each day

      Hunger is defined as the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food and the exhausted condition that goes with it.

      In 1997 The Department of Agriculture estimated that 96.4 billion pounds of the 356 billion pounds of edible food produced was never eaten.

      Since 1997 the number of billions of pounds of thrown away food has climbed even higher.

      This food is put into landfills where it decomposes producing methane gas, a major source of greenhouse gases.

      We can totally eradicate hunger in the United States by redirecting this food into a hungry mouth.

      A person totally impoverished is a person in crisis.

      Humanitarian societies take care of people in crisis regardless of how that crisis came about.

      We must feed our impoverished citizens.

      We can feed them at no cost.

      We must pass laws that mandate edible food be donated to share with the hungry.

      This is recycling at it's best.

      We have now eradicated hunger and we have saved our environment.

      Help us pass these laws.

      Kathy Mitro 386-795-9643

    • Gilberte Proteau WINNIPEG MB, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Recently, a group of people were choosing bread from a day-old cart while an employee was standing by to haul the cart away. Two of us asked if the left overs would go to Winnipeg harvest. He said "No, we put them on a compost pile !" There was a group gasp as all of us ( about 7-8) were outraged !!!

      But the guy was just an employee... he didn't make the rules !

      Sign the petition !

      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I abhor waste, of any kind, that can better the lives of the less fortunate.

      I believe in the Great Commandments, one of which is "Love Thy Neighbor".

      I abhor hypocrisy, which is what Safeway is doing by going against their Vision statement of corporate responsibility by wasting good food!

      I urge Safeway to mount a huge campaign across the country, to change their image!

    • Michelle Johnson WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      If a corporation claims to to work at improving communities and encouraging sustainability, then they must be held by their word. They must be accountable.


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