Quality Food For All

Trader Joe’s is a well-known and popular market in California and other parts of the US. Doug Rauch retired from Trader Joe’s after 33 years, 14 of them as president. He might have decided to enjoy his leisure time but he says he “failed at retirement.” It is good news for a poor area of Boston that he failed because he has succeeded in bringing quality foods to low-income people with his market the Daily Table.

“Since it opened two years ago, Daily Table has been a pioneer in its approach to food waste, food deserts, hunger, and obesity. It’s a nonprofit grocery store, selling healthy food at bargain prices.”-Christian Science Monitor

According to their website, Daily Table works to bring quality foods to people by working with  “a large network of growers, supermarkets, manufacturers, and other suppliers who donate their excess, healthy food to us, or provide us with special buying opportunities.” Learn more about Daily Table here.

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Information and quotes on my post are from The Christian Science Monitor article by Kathy Shiels Tully “A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store,” and from dailytable.org. Featured image from the Daily Table website.

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10 thoughts on “Quality Food For All

  1. Maggie Wilson

    The very first time I learned about wasteful practice in the food industry was reading Steinbeck’s “*Grapes of Wrath” – set in the dust bowl of the Dirty Thirties and the starving and penniless traveled to California to find work. They found mountains of rotting citrus fruit. So much bounty, but for one crazy reason or another, they were unable to access it. (I hope that my recall is good – it’s been decades since I read the book.)
    Anyway, the images stuck with me, and food waste in the name of profit is very troubling to me. I applaud the work done by Daily Table. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I was not aware of that part of the ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ but that is terrible to let unsold food rot. The story of the dust bowl farmers was very sad. It is great what Daily Table is doing and that they work to get good quality food from all their sources. Thank you, Maggie. 🙂

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  2. Shilpa Garg

    What a fantastic way to help and support people with low income. Hats of to Doug for this novel idea and adding smiles and healthy food in lives of so many people. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, Deborah 🙂

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  3. JoAnna

    As a child, I remember my mother saying, “We don’t waste food.” It was because she grew up during the Depression. That has stuck with me all these years. I would love to support a grocery store like this one. I hope the practice spreads far and wide.

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