Delegate Criticizes DNC for Not Donating Uneaten Food to the Poor

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The Democratic Party threw out leftover food after its welcome party instead of donating it, and one delegate isn’t happy
Trash talk: Timothy Baumgardner, a Washington State delegate, critiqued DNC waste.

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Trash talk: Timothy Baumgardner, a Washington State delegate, critiqued DNC waste.

To some delegates, the mood of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was not set by rousing speeches or grumbling protestors but rather by the quiet inaction of the Democratic Party.

Timothy Baumgardner, a Washington State delegate, criticized the Democratic Party for throwing away food following a Democratic National Convention opening party instead of donating the uneaten food to the poor in surrounding neighborhoods.

“I was a hungry child. Went to bed hungry many a night,” Baumgardner told Page Six. “I fed people from the garbage.”

The delegate said he asked the caterer if the food could be donated and was told “he was not allowed to,” to which Baumgardner responded, “Sad.”

But all is not lost: a new app called Food Connect aims to rectify this waste issue. The app allows party hosts and event organizers to easily donate food to nearby  shelters and pantries with a few clicks of a button, and as we reported last week, the tool is being used during the convention to turn leftovers into lifesavers for locals in need.

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