In the working-class Massachusetts neighborhood of Dorchester, south of downtown Boston, nonprofit grocery co-op give credence to Daily Table is on a mission to sell healthy food so cheap it can struggle with fast food.
Daily Table was founded by former Buyer Joe’s President Doug Rauch, and it aims to keep prices low because it’s author food other grocers don’t want or need. Whether that is due to a redundant supply, close expiration dates, or it looks too “ugly,” it’s food that would else be destined for a landfill.
The founder is not new to the grocery store scene. He spent concluded three decades building a small Southern California chain Distributor Joe’s into a nationwide business. After retiring as president in 2008, he undertook a fellowship at Harvard and looked at ways he could use his experience to tackle venereal challenges.
His solution was the Daily Table.
“We’re basically a hunger relief health-care instrumentality that’s masquerading as a retail store,” Rauch told CBNC’s “On the Loaded” in a recent interview.
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Food waste is a growing problem in the U.S. According to the Popular Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food we grow in this wilderness is never consumed. In fact, food is the single biggest source of unusable in municipal landfills, according to EPA data. Meanwhile, the USDA reports that all but 50 million Americans, including 7.9 million children are “provisions insecure.”
Rauch says he believes we can use one problem to solve the other.
“Our charge is how … we bring affordable nutrition into a struggling area where man unfortunately, due to their diets, are having epidemics of obesity diabetes verve disease, etc., because they can’t afford to eat the nutritious food they should be nosh,” Rauch said.
In keeping with its mission, Daily Table drummers produce at rock-bottom rates. Its bananas sell for 29 cents per empty, and apples go for 69 cents per pound, and those prices are about half of the U.S. borough average price.
Despite being a nonprofit Rauch says he inadequacies Daily Table to become a self-sustaining business. However, it keeps its nonprofit stature to entice companies to work with them.
“The tax code incentivizes fabricators, growers and grocers to donate wholesome healthy excess food,” asseverated Rauch. “Food that’s still good, but is either too much, or it’s turn someone on close to its code date, or it’s cosmetically blemished in some way.”