Places to donate your flowers/food to?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
3385 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

food is trickier than flowers – what food are we talking here? Is it things that won’t have been opened or the slightly curly dry sandwiches left over from a buffet? Depending on what it is you can try homeless shelters or give it to the same nursing home as the flowers so they can have a bit of a buffet party. Food hygenie though might mean no one can take your leftovers.

If that is the case, I would get some doggy bags and put them out near the end of the reception with a sign asking guests to take anything left over for the journey home.

Post # 3
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We had planned to donate the flowers to a nursing home but there was another wedding on Friday and they called to suggest we try elsewhere, first. We donated them to our local library instead – it was really nice to see our arrangements on the circulation desk, at the study tables, in the community classroom etc. I was in there recently and one of the librarians mentioned how much they loved having the flowers. It was over three years ago!

Post # 4
1707 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our flowers were donated to a nursing home. Our wedding planner gathered our flowers and delivered them. We didn’t donate our leftover food because we didn’t have much aside from a ton of cake, but one of my friends donated her leftovers to a nonprofit operated by a church that feeds homeless people. I think the nonprofit picked up the food and they weren’t able to use all of her leftovers but they took quite a bit of it. 

Post # 5
400 posts
Helper bee

Try a hospice. They will always take flowers. It is not “happy” but some morgues take flowers for people without much money or family. 

I also work at a homeless shelter and we are always happy to take food. 

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