In the United Kingdom, supermarkets discard $299 million worth of food each year. Large markets overstock so their shelves never look empty, and then toss the unsold surplus. Waste is built into the supermarket system. Now the RJFP (Real Junk Food Project) has opened it's own supermarket in the English town of Pudsey, West Yorkshire. It sells other markets' and restaurants' discarded surplus food on a "pay whatever you can" basis. It may not look like a Kroger, but it's helping hungry people.
Take Kirsty Rhodes, for example. She was recently diagnosed with a chronic illness. Her husband had to leave work to take care of their children. Their household income dropped through the floor, but they are able to buy a variety of foods at the RJFP market because customers pay whatever they want to. "With three young children and two adults to feed, we started to struggle straight away," she said. "Luckily we took the plunge to go to the food warehouse and it was amazing!" If this idea works in Pudsey, would it work in your town?