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Brenda Eamer was walking her dog in the alley behind Bible Baptist Church on Sunday when she came across some litter.
Not wanting to leave it, she picked it up and went over to the garbage bins behind the church to dispose of it.
She was surprised by what she saw.
"I dug down, there’s one whole dumpster that is full of bread and then there’s half of another one," Eamer told The Sun.
Inside the bin were loaves, buns, baguettes, breadsticks and rolls of various sizes and varieties. An adjacent bin contained more.
These City of Brandon garbage bins have a capacity of approximately 360 litres, and all of that room was filled by bread.
"It was soft and I checked it for mould and no," Eamer said about the state of the bread. "I was floored."
Late Monday morning, a Sun reporter found that the garbage bins were still filled with unopened bread products. All of them appeared to be from a Co-op food store. The products seemed to all have best-before dates of either June 7 or June 10.
None of the products appeared to have any mould growing on them or appeared to be damaged in any way.
The manager of the Co-op food store in Brandon said over the phone that their food donations go to Samaritan House, Helping Hands and The Salvation Army, but added that food stores in other communities may have relationships with other charitable organizations.
The local heads of both Samaritan House and The Salvation Army said that there’s no reason for this case of food waste, as there are people who could have used these bread products.
Samaritan House Ministries executive director John Jackson said that if the products had been donated before or on the best-before dates in good condition, they could have been distributed at the food bank.
"If people have things that they think are going to expire ... if they get it to us in good time, we’ll put it out for people to take," Jackson said.
Lt. Kaitlin Adlam of the Brandon Salvation Army said that her organization receives and distributes bread from Co-op on Wednesdays as part of their services.
"If we have anything left over, we partner with 7th Street Health Access Centre and deliver what we have left so they can give it out that evening," Adlam said.
Adlam said that the Salvation Army, Samaritan House and Helping Hands are in frequent contact about their resources and work together to make sure food doesn’t go to waste.
"We all talk to each other, so if (food) isn’t usable by me, then I know who could use it.
"There’s always some place in town that can benefit," she added. "We’re happy to be a solution for anybody’s extras."
As the garbage bins outside the church are not locked, the dumped food could have been put there by any passerby.
The Sun attempted to contact the church to ask about the bread, but knocks on the door were not answered and phone calls and an email were not returned.
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