Do you know what happens after the shutters come down on your favorite bakery?
Well, all unsold bread may be resold the next day to prevent wastage but being
savvy consumers like you and I, we normally prefer our buns oven-fresh.
buns may not be that saleable after a day or two so what do these proprietors do
then to the rolls of bread if they are unsold? Well, most probably, these rolls
of bread will be brought back to be consumed by them and their families but even
then there must be a limit for them right? Who could, in their right mind, keep
all the time! Chances are these buns and bread will end up in the bin.
Some of these proprietors turn their leftover buns into charity buns that
bring lots of cheer for the less unfortunate. After the shutters are down, many
of the workers, usually comprising family members,
will then collect all the unsold goods and pack them nicely into bags.
Once the goods are loaded onto the vans, the drivers will drive to the
various homes and orphanages where they will then leave a generous ration for
the occupants to enjoy the next day. They will repeat this process, diligently
distributing the goods throughout the night to those who are in need.
In times of recession, when many are tightening our belts voluntarily, we
must also think about those whose belts are getting involuntarily tighter. In
times of need, one should never be selfish and think of oneself all the time.
Doing our part in helping others is a noble and charitable thing to do.
With each bun costing on average of $1.40, and trays and trays of them
unsold, imagine how much money would have gone down the drain if all the buns
are discarded. The wastage could potentially run
into thousands of dollars.
To have a constant stream of philanthropists donating thousands of dollars in
cash every month may seem illusionary. However, in terms of thousands of unsold
bread, it is definitely possible. Yet, not many
bakeries are doing it. Only a handful are mindful about this while others have
yet to adopt this charitable way, with many saying that they refuse to be held
responsible for any mishaps that might occur if
one eats stale bread.
As consumers, what can we do to encourage our friendly bakery proprietors to
go the extra mile? Talk to them and convince them. Tell them the happiness that
they would be spreading. If they would eat the day-old bread themselves without
any misgivings, then why wouldn't others?