Help stop Dunkin' Donuts from throwing away their leftover baked goods!

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Many people may not know this but Dunkin' Donuts disposes all of their leftover bagels, muffins, donuts, and any other baked goods that were not sold, at the end of each day. And on top of this, employees that work there are also not allowed to take any of their leftovers home with them after closing.

I remember when I was about 13 years old, my mom and I walked into a Dunkin' Donuts shop to order some donuts and coffee. It was almost closing time, and as my mom was placing her order, one of the employees asked her if she wanted anything else because they were about to close, and told her that they were going to throw away all of their unsold goods that night, and would receive newly baked ones in the morning the next day. Even at a young age I was in disbelief and was shocked to know that this occurred within such a popular and successful restaurant chain. I thought that it was such a waste for them to throw away perfectly good food, especially when there are so many people in the community who are struggling with hunger, and who could greatly benefit from it. I rarely go to Dunkin Donuts, but last week I went to one, and it just happened to be a few minutes before their closing time, when an employee asked me if I wanted anything else with my order, because they were about to close. This reminded me of that time as a kid when I realized that they were simply discarding all of their leftover baked goods at the end of the day. Now that I have gotten older, I feel that I have the power to try and convince Dunkin' Donuts to create a new policy, or to start a new program that would enable them to donate their unsold goods that they have at the end of the day, to local charities, food banks, and homeless organizations that are in need of food on a daily basis. There are currently more than 11,300 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants worldwide. This means that if for example, 100 leftover baked goods were thrown away at each Dunkin' Donuts shop every night, that would result in 1,130,000 baked goods being discarded on a daily basis! This is a lot of food that is being wasted when it could be given to a needy person who visits one of these charitable organizations for assistance, and who might not know where their next meal could come from. I believe that it is wrong to unnecessarily throw away these unsold goods while there are so many people in our communities that are going hungry across the nation. According to Feeding America, there is an estimated 70 billion pounds of food waste in America each year, and an astounding 42 million people who face hunger in the U.S. today, including nearly 13 million children, and more than 5 million seniors. According to endhomelessness.org, in January of 2015, it was estimated that 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. And about 15 percent of the homeless population (83,170 people), were considered chronically homeless. Therefore, this amount of discarded food could greatly benefit a large portion of these individuals.

I'm sure that there are other people and restaurants that know that Dunkin' Donuts does this, and that there must be others that must feel the same way I do, so I did some research and found out that Panera Bread, which is another well known restaurant, currently has a program called "The Day-End Dough-Nation program", which allows their bakery-cafes to package unsold bread and baked goods at the end of each day, to then donate to local hunger relief and charitable organizations. I think that this is a great program because it allows other organizations in need to apply to their program by filling out a simple application to then become partnered with them to be able receive these baked goods to distribute to others in need. Another well known restaurant I found that donates its unsold goods, is Starbucks, who has donated unsold pastries to the Food Donation Connection since 2010, and who earlier this year announced FoodShare, which is a program to donate ready-to-eat meals to food banks from its 7,600 company-operated stores in the United States. Starbucks has also recently established a partnership with Feeding America, who is the largest domestic hunger-relief and food-rescue nonprofit in the U.S., to redistribute their unsold food. Through this process, a refrigerated van will pick up their unsold food from Starbucks stores each day and deliver it to the Feeding America network. I believe that every restaurant that serves baked goods or any kind of food, should try to adopt a type of program like this. By doing so, it would greatly decrease the amount of people who continue to go hungry around the world, reduce the amount of food waste in the U.S., and serve needy people and families in our communities. The United States is such a developed country as compared to other countries, but unfortunately there are still so many people and children who are starving everyday, so I don't believe that any restaurant should be wasting good food by throwing it away when it could be used to feed someone in need. Dunkin' Donuts claims to be the world's leading baked goods and coffee chain, but I believe that giving back to the community to help those in need, would make them an even better company, customers will ultimately have a better view about the overall company and would be proud to be a customer of theirs. Dunkin' Donuts would be making a huge statement by showing that they truly care about their community by doing this simple contribution and could potentially inspire other restaurants to do the same in the near future as well!

If you feel that Dunkin' Donuts should stop throwing away their leftover baked goods everyday and give them to others in need instead, please sign this petition to tell them that it's time for them to change their policy today!



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