Donated pizzas no longer on menu at Ottawa shelter

Donated pizzas no longer on menu at Ottawa shelter

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 25th, 2018, 8:49 am

So much for feeding roughly 300 people per week on donated pizza. Shelters have a hard enough time getting donations of either food or money so this is one of those "what the hell were they thinking" moments.

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Twice a week for close to four years, staff from the downtown shelter have made the 30-minute drive to the Little Caesars on Stittsville Main Street to pick up the pizzas, franchise owner Jason Lee wrote in a Facebook post. The donations, amounting to about 100 pizzas per week, helped feed about 300 people, Lee claimed.

Lee said he was told earlier this week the shelter would no longer accept donations of prepared foods, and now requires that all the food served to its clients be made in-house.

"This makes me ill thinking of how much food I now have to throw out directly into the garbage," Lee wrote. "This is just such a waste."

In his post, Lee called the decision "one of the dumbest and most unfortunate calls I could receive."

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Re: Donated pizzas no longer on menu at Ottawa shelter

Postby TreeGuy » Jan 25th, 2018, 9:02 am

To play devils advocate;

I’m not sure giving these people pizza is the healthiest of ideas. Food prepared in house might prove to be healthier.

This guy complaining about having to waste that much food should probably re-evaluate how he is managing his production.
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Re: Donated pizzas no longer on menu at Ottawa shelter

Postby oneh2obabe » Jan 25th, 2018, 9:07 am

True about making product to meet consumer demand so there's no waste. Yes, in-house food will be healthier but why not give the people using the shelter an occasional treat. By not having to buy the ingredients for pizza, the shelter doesn't hve to spend money that can be used for more food to prepare in-house.

If shelters have the same buying power as most food banks where every dollar equals three dollars and pizza ingredients cost $100, that's $300 the shelter can use for in-house preparation.
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