Pope Francis equates wasting food to stealing from the poor

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 14:01:21-04

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (PIX11) — During his weekly address to an audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis equated wasting food to stealing from the poor.

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry,” the Pope said Thursday.As Thursday marks the anniversary of the launch of United Nation’s anti-food waste campaign, his words were fairly befitting.

In his address, the Pope added “Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value,” Francis said, comparing this attitude to the frugality of “our grandparents” who “used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food.”

Pope Francis has consistently reminded us of his advocacy for the less fortunate and has personally practiced living a less “royal” lifestyle by living in the guesthouse opposed to papal apartments.