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The Daily Table: Is This What We Really Need?


The Daily Table in Dorchester, Massachusetts

There’s a new kid in town, who, like the new kid before him and the kid before  her, is stirring things up. He’s saying things differently than those who preceded him, and his new ideas are making some people feel a little uncomfortable. In the parlance of the much-admired entrepreneurial class, he’s a “disruptor.”

The new kid is Dave Rauch, the former president of the beloved Trader Joe’s. His new idea is the Daily Table, a non-profit grocery store that opened in Dorchester, Massachusetts in early June. The Daily Table is located in a low-to-middle income area which has not enjoyed much success attracting conventional supermarkets. Relying largely on the donation of “seconds” – food that is edible and safe, but just beyond its expiration date or a few days shy of the compost pile – Daily Table is, according to CBS News, “on a mission to solve two problems: preventing tons of food from going to waste and offering healthy alternatives to families who may not be able to afford traditional stores.”

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  1. Janie Burns
    July 2, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Don’t you think this new entry will threaten the Food Bank industrial Complex?

  2. louisa kasdon
    July 6, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    It is Doug Rauch NOT Dave

  3. becky
    August 17, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    Providing healthy alternatives for people who cannot afford traditional stores. Personally, I think this would be a good ideas. This way there is no reason for people to refuse healthy eating. –

  4. Mark
    September 30, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    You’re right. My mistake. Mark Winne

  5. Bailey
    April 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    I see positive and negative aspects to the Daily Table. One positive aspect would be that it could reduce the food wasted in the United States. According to the USDA about 31% of all food produced in the US is wasted, which is crazy to me. Another positive aspect would be that it offers healthy food options for families that aren’t able to afford them at the regular retail price. With 15% of our food waste, hunger could be cut by half which could be done within The Daily Table. It has shown to be successful, leaving its shelves almost empty at the end of its first opening day. The only negative aspect I see is that it threatens the emergency food system.


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