What is your opinion on people giving the homeless their scraps"?


I read an SMS message of a friend of a friend where the first person mentioned they have made some biscuits and they didn’t turn out well and they showed a photo and they looked misshapen and odd texture etc and that it was a waste of cooking supplies etc because they weren’t going to eat it due to their state.
The other person replied back to them “it doesn’t have to work out perfect every time,you could always give them to the homeless hehe”.

What is your opinion of this?
Personally I didn’t like reading this because it seemed to me almost like treating the homeless as some disposable garbage bin or like your pet dog.
Some people might have the mentality of the homeless will be greatful for anything but to me,if the food is so sub par that you wouldn’t eat it,is it treating the homeless with dignity and love to give it to them?

Am I just too sensitive and looking at it the wrong way or what do you think?

Is there a way of serving the poor with love vs without love? :heart:


Top of the Muffin to 'ya!


You are correct. A human being must be dignified. That is the way God intended. Now go tell your friend to bake new batches of biscuits and give it again to that poor person.


My brain went there, too, but I’m not sure the youngins will understand the reference.

Elaine opened a bakery that sold muffin tops. She cut off the bottoms and “donated” them to the homeless shelter with hilarious results.


Actually Mr. Lippman stole the idea from Elaine then she later got in on it for 30% of the profits and suggested the whole muffin be baked and the tops removed rather than Mr. Lippman’s only baking the muffin top.

A wasted youth.

That said, I like the policy of 'If I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t expect someone else to." Then again, who’s to say that someone out there wouldn’t really appreciate some cookies that didn’t turn out as planned? It’s not difficult to see how some might believe that muffin bottoms in such an instance would actually be acceptable for donation when basically the only other option is to trash them. If I had the choice to pay for a muffin top or get the bottom of it for free, I’d probably just take the free one as would many others I’m sure.


If you have ever ate at a homeless shelter or received food from the food bank it isn’t the best quality.


Poor homeless people. :sob:


I agree with you, I suppose it practically depends on the state of the biscuits.

There probably is a level at which it becomes an insult to the homeless.

I think you have raised a relatively easy way to help the homeless by baking good biscuits and distributing them yourself or donating them to shelters.


Thanks for the explanation.
I only knew of the other kind of muffin top😀


i gained weight from eating at food banks. sad.


Poor homeless people :frowning:


Someone I worked with went out to lunch and ordered a pizza. She did not finish it, so it was boxed up–about 3 nice sized pieces–and she carried it back to the office. On her way back she saw a homeless person who looked really down and out. She gave her box of pizza to him, then watched as he took it, looked at it, and then threw the whole box into the trash. It’s hard to say what would be appreciated or not–or who is really desperate or not.


I agree with you. If someone wants to feed the homeless make an extra bit of food ,such as you are making for our own family. The homeless need to be treated with kindness and respect. You are not being too sensitive, you care and that is different. I think of what Jesus said " What you do to the least of mine you do to Me.",.We need to look out for one another with the Love of Jesus in our hearts. God bless us all…:butterfly::butterfly:


Home cook?

No, that’s absolutely horrible just to give homeless people what you don’t want.

Professional bakery that can’t sell perfectly edible food?

Totally fine.


The issue in the given scenario seems to be presentation. It feels disrespectful but the quality may be be better than unsalable goods.

The other potential issue I see is Health and Safety.


Bakeries have a reputation to uphold. Home cooks do not. People go to bakeries to spend $$$$ on pastries because they are pretty. If you want a cheap cookie you go to walmart. You want a nice handcrafted truffle, you go to a local place.

Home cooks are cooking for their families. Families can eat ugly foods.

Even if a business could sell them for a loss, it would be bad for business to display “ugly” merchandise when bakeries today are literally selling beauty for a preimum.


I agree to an extent. I think the person should just use the goods unless they were being baked as a gift or for a party. In fact it may be glutonny not to. I appreciate a business needs to keep a reputation but morally I don’t see the difference between a business giving unsaleable but usable goods to the homeless and an individual donating things that did not turn out as well as they would like.


Because bakeries don’t just bake. They sell beauty.

So they made an edible item, but not a salable product. They are making more than something edible.

Here’s another good example. A bakery has one day of gluten-free baking. They use different ingredients, some of which are allergins to others (like nut flour). Or, conversely, they have a day of nut-free baking and someone accidentally uses a contaminated scoop or pan. Those items need to be out of the kitchen. Donating them is the best way to do so. The volume also matters.

Someone at home is not under those constraints, even if it is for a gift or a party. I’ve scrubbed my kitchen top-to-bottom to make gluten free/nut free/quazi-kosher food. Sometimes food turns out ugly. Whatever.


If the “scraps” are something that I myself would eat under normal circumstances, there is nothing wrong with donating them to the homeless. I personally would not mind eating muffin tops, even though I can afford the whole muffin.


Are muffin tops a real thing in America?

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