Kacie Starr Triplett
(Ward 6) mailed out a "sharply worded" letter
to pizza chain Little Caesars this week condemning the company's policy of throwing away food instead of donating it to charities.
In a press release
, Triplett states: "Given the thousands of hungry individuals in the city of Saint Louis alone, it is unfathomable that Little Caesars has chosen to discard their excess pizzas rather than committing to donate them to a local food bank or homeless care provider."
Reached for follow-up comment yesterday, Triplett tells Daily RFT
that she became aware of Little Caesars' policy when she toured a homeless shelter and learned that Little Caesars' competitor Pizza Hut donated its old pies to charity.
"I had an intern working for me who also works at Little Caesars and told me that they throw away their pizzas when they're old," says Triplett. "I was shocked. I have a cousin who also works at Little Caesars who confirmed that that is what they do."
Despite the fact that there are no Little Caesars in her ward of downtown St. Louis, Triplett says she felt compelled to write the letter. As of yesterday she had not heard back from the restaurant chain.
"To me it's just pure laziness that they throw these pizzas away," says Triplett, who adds that laws protect restaurants should someone get sick from donated food. Related content: Breaking News: Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett Attends Block Party
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