Ever work in a GROCERY STORE? Straight up, people don’t buy ripe bananas. They buy GREEN BANANAS because they want them to last the whole week. Also people don’t buy apples or peppers with SCARS on them, or greens that have begun to wilt a little. And stuff that’s going to expire within the next week or two, you can bet that doesn’t go into PEOPLE’S BASKETS. So what happens to all this perfectly edible food? It goes into the DUMPSTER cartloads at a time.
Often, grocery stores AND markets with compassionate people at them are eager to pass this food onto anyone that can prepare it and share it with the community. This is how a lot of FOOD NOT BOMBS! groups get their food.