It’s been almost two years since Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, announced plans to launch The Daily Table, a grocery store/restaurant hybrid that sells inexpensive foods.

Yesterday, The Daily Table opened its doors in Dorchester, a lower-income community in Boston. Its shelves are stocked with foods donated by food wholesalers and markets. The foods either didn’t sell, came close to their sell-by dates, or got very ripe. It’s all food that is perfectly good. It’s also all food that until recently — when the issues with food waste became well-known — would most-likely have ended up in a dumpster.

CBS News reports that at The Daily Table, a dozen eggs is 99 cents. Bananas are 29 cents a pound.

When Rauch first announced this project, he said he wanted to be able to create a healthy prepared foods section with prices that could compare to fast food. It looks as if he achieved that goal. A large container of store-made Carrot Ginger Soup sells for $1.29.

The Daily Table is tackling two problems with one grocery store. The first is bringing healthy whole foods and prepared foods into a neighborhood where residents aren’t always able to afford healthy foods. The second problem is the issue of saving perfectly edible food that gets thrown away when it could be going to feed those in need.

We need more stores like The Daily Table, and Rauch is looking for two more locations in Boston. He’s also looking to sell foods that are past the sell-by dates stamped on them. Sell-by dates are arbitrary and chosen by food manufacturers. They have nothing to do with the safety of the food. Even the USDA encourages consumers to ignore sell-by dates.

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Daily Table to tackle 2 food issues at once
Trader Joe's ex-president Doug Rauch opens a nonprofit grocery store in Boston that sells surplus food that's close to its expiration date.