#AskABlackChick: Why Do Black People Take Plates of Food Home After a Party?

Funnygirl asks:

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CheezaCHEZZAON says:

Hey funnygirl, I don’t see where you asked a question, but I will say this in response; girl, you better bring some tupperware and get you some.

It’s probably because we have a lot of family gatherings and are used to a culture of “Y’all better take this food home, I don’t want to have to put it up.” So, you know, embrace it.


JessJessica-Brittany says:

I’m not sure what the question is. But I don’t know what that originates from, maybe it’s a cultural thing. Now that I think about it, that is so normal to me I didn’t even think it was specific to the black community. But maybe it is. Did they bring their own Tupperware in anticipation of food or with the hope of food? Those are two different things. I think bringing your own Tupperware is okay if you know there will be food (that most times is thrown away.) Otherwise, regardless of color or background, that can seems bit tacky.

Their desire to save the food comes from wanting to preserve instead of throwing something away that still maintains value. 

But upon further thought, I guess in a weird way, that is a perspective of privilege right? Their desire to save the food comes from wanting to preserve instead of throwing something away that still maintains value. This may not be a thought to someone that has the privilege of not worrying about food. But I don’t know. I’m sure glad they put some in the fridge for all to share though!


ashlee AshleeP says:

As an HR professional I must say, this type of inconsiderate behavior is experienced in just about every workplace. Most people don’t feel comfortable approaching the problem individual(s) which is completely understandable.

This inconsiderate and rude behavior needs to stop, regardless of who is acting this way and what color they are. 

This is when your manager or HR department comes in. Go to either of them and explain the situation, it is their job to diffuse these types of situations by being the middleman. Be clear and let the manager or HR Representative know that there are employees that are packing up food for themselves and not sharing with others. This inconsiderate and rude behavior needs to stop, regardless of who is acting this way and what color they are it’s not fair to everyone else in the workplace.


AfroDivineFlower says:

Funnygirl,

Your coworkers understand how hard everyone worked on cooking and want to show their families how delicious the meals are.


Do you take food home after a work event, family function, or party? Is that tacky or cultural?

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1 thought on “#AskABlackChick: Why Do Black People Take Plates of Food Home After a Party?

  1. I am white and my family and friends often do stuff like this in a dinner party setting when we get together. I totally agree with the commenters who said it is a sign of a) acknowledging the work people put into making great food and b) not wanting to waste perfectly edible leftovers. My opinion is that if it is an established custom in a friend group or social setting then it is ok, as long as everyone pitches in to provide the food and people aren’t just coming and taking food that other people made. That’s usually how it works in my family, anyway.

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