Let’s get real. Those leftovers you took home from that restaurant, they’ve been sitting in the fridge for how long now? So long that if you’re honest with yourself, you’re a little bit afraid to see what’s on the inside of the to-go box? You’re not really going to be eating those, are you?

So then why shouldn’t some else have?

Replating. It’s a fairly new trend-to-be that my pastor spoke about at our college youth group last night. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Instead of bringing back leftovers that are only going to fester in some forgotten location in the fridge (or worse yet, under the passenger seat in your car), use something that won’t last, as my pastor put it, to do good that will.

Pasadena – Los Angeles in general, really – has a shockingly large homeless population. And it’s not the only city that does. While so many of us are able to forget about that doggy bag, there are too many people, frankly, who spend their time digging through restaurant dumpsters and scrounging around bus benches in hopes of finding the first meal they’ve had in a few days.

So why not make that easier for them?


Replating. It’s simple. Instead of merely toting around a box of jumbled seconds for a while until it reaches its final destination in the trashcan, diners nicely situate food in their to-go box (they replate it) and leave it visibly on top of a nearby dumpster, next to a trashcan, under a park or bus bench – basically, some place where a hungry but empty-pocketed person might be searching for a meal. Food doesn’t go to waste, one less stomach grumbles, and your fridge doesn’t smell like yesterday’s Chinese.

Vegan food in particular can be bulkier than non-vegan food – and so more likely to result in leftovers. Vegan community, I challenge you to try replating along with me at least once this month. Don’t just let your potential for good go to rot.


4 responses »

  1. hold on one moment there missy. So, people leave food that’s going to be eaten on trash cans? TRASH CANS ARE FULL OF GERMS.

  2. What a great idea! I had never heard of this idea before. Maybe it hasn’t yet arrived around here (Europe). Personally, though, I won’t be able to actually put this into action as I hardly ever eat out.

    One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while but didn’t dare yet was preparing some sandwiches/snacks. I meant to stuff them into my bag before going on a shopping trip or elsewhere homeless people are sitting and asking for money. Then, if seeing one, I could hand them some food instead of money they might just use to buy alcohol (no, I don’t think they all do but as for some one can clearly tell). What do you think? As I said I didn’t dare trying it yet because I’m afraid the homeless might not want the food or other people will give me weird looks.

    • Hey Sarah,

      I think the sandwich/snack idea is a great one! Having actually gone around handing out those exact things myself, I know that they’re usually quite welcome blessings. Yeah, you’re occasionally going to have someone who doesn’t want it, but might as well have something to give on hand for the majority who will take it. A note – when preparing sandwiches/snacks, try to include some nut-free options; homeless people have allergies too!

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