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Is Google Wasting Food?

I want to say upfront this is essentially “second hand news.” I would love to receive some confirmation or clarification of this practice by a Google employee.

I was chatting with someone in the office today about various things. He told me that he overheard a Google employee at lunch today. Being that I’m in Mountain View, I can’t imagine that’s not terribly uncommon. What this person was talking about was a bit shocking. This person was saying something about how Google puts out fresh fruits and vegetables every day at the Mountain View campus. But, at the end of the day, or early the next morning, all of the leftover food, eaten or not, is gathered up and thrown in the trash.

Assuming this is true, and I want to be clear that I have no confirmation of this practice, this is incredibly wasteful. Wasting food seems to go aganist the “do no evil” mantra that Google has. Some of that food, at least uneaten stuff, is probably still good and could easily be donated to a some place like Second Harvest. It would seem to me that donating the food would be a good thing to do.

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