Stores share baked goods with elderly neighbors |

Stores share baked goods with elderly neighbors

Why let a good thing go to waste?

Grand County’s chain grocery stores have been helping local seniors for years by providing pastries and bread.

City Market in Granby has been donating cakes, breads, pies, pastries ” even flowers, plants and bouquets ” to Granby’s seniors ever since the store opened.

“We try to sell products with a minimum of six or seven days,” said City Market Store Manager Stan Blair.

Blair explained every time a consumer buys a product at the store, he or she should get at least six days out of bakery and floral products before they reach expiration. If a product is within that six days, it is taken off the shelves, but that doesn’t mean it has already gone bad, he said.

Each day, a cart full of perfectly good products is shipped off to senior meal centers.

“It’s a way these products can still be used in the community,” Blair said. “We try to be good corporate citizens.”

“We don’t let anything go to waste,” said bakery clerk Sissy Kingsbury at Safeway in Fraser.

Safeway has been sending baked goods to senior nutrition sites and to a local church for years, she said.

Senior volunteers pick up the products daily.

Shelly Cecil, who has been a cook for the Kremmling nutrition site at the Silver Spruce Apartments for more than 10 years, says the day-old products “help stretch my budget.”

She sometimes uses the free bread for sandwiches when she doesn’t have time to make homemade loaves herself. “When it gets older, I use it for crumbs.”

And at lunchtime, the seniors tend to take home the pastries, pies and cakes to enjoy later, she said.

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