Fortunate Food

I recently came across “Share Shelf,” a simple, yet ingenious way to support community members.

Similar to “Take a Penny, Leave a Penny,” where store patrons place unwanted pennies in a designated dish for customers who need a penny to avoid breaking a higher-denomination coin or bill, Share Shelf is a way for people who have too much to share their excess.

Debuting in Los Angeles, CA, Share Shelf is a little square shelf attached to parking signs on streets with ample foot traffic, a number of restaurants and a high volume of homelessness.  Restaurant-goers can place their leftovers on the shelves for those in need to consume and enjoy.  Share Shelf is an elevated way to help the next person out – reducing waste while feeding someone who might otherwise dig through trash for food.

Share Shelf (1)  Share Shelf (2)

For those dining in Los Angeles, here’s a MAP of where the shelves are located so that you can participate – don’t forget to promote by posting a picture on Instagram, or tweeting that picture with the #shareshelfLA hashtag so that your friends can participate too!

For those outside of Los Angeles, consider this endeavor in your community.  Or perhaps there’s another – just as easy – way for restaurant diners to share leftovers with others?

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