Where & when I worked, I personally was told to throw out food every day. (they would also send 6 extra servings...just in case) Sometimes my supervisor was there to make sure it got thrown out. We had to give a certain amount & only that amount.
It broke my heart to have to throw away food that was still sealed by the manufacture. (this was food the children were forced to take, but didn't want to eat: cereal, poptarts, muffins, & what not) Especially when I knew there were other children who could have eaten it.
There was also paperwork that could have been filled out to pay for the amount of food given to children in that case at a later time....so "stealing from the company" was a non issue.
The supervisor would give the ok for staff members to take the left over food on occasions..this too could have been given to the hungry children without being considered "stealing".
Yes, Chartwell is a big company with many resources available...another good reason to find a better system that would benefit not hurt.