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It is difficult to share "leftover food" assuming you mean the food you just had during lunch and did not finish. (If you meant the leftover dinner from yesterday, you can skip to the dialogue part.) Besides hygienic reasons, it can come off as rude or misleading - it could be seen as passing your unwanted food to someone else. On that note, you ...


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First, do not offer food that has already been on your plate or has been touched with your eating utensils (fork, etc) after you've taken a bite. For this to work it needs to be clear that the food you're offering hasn't been touched or eaten from directly - you served from a storage container onto another dish, ate from that dish, and your eating utensils ...


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How to politely ask someone if they want to eat my leftover food? I don't think you can. You can share. Bring food specially cooked for them. You wanted to be nice and avoid wasting food. I don't believe it can be done with what's left on one's plate though. Otherwise, I don't think many people will appreciate being seen/treated as poor, peasant, villein ...


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I wouldn't ask this of a coworker or peer. The reasons are fairly obvious. There may be fears of hygiene, allergies, etc. Plus the problem of insulting someone by suggesting that they don't have enough to eat. If I were to do this, it would be with a homeless person, preferably someone who has already approached me as a beggar. In this case, they've asked ...


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It may be due to a different culture, but as a high-school student in Hungary, while eating with people I know, if I have leftovers I just say something like "Hey, does anyone need a sandwich/piece of meat/cake?" Someone usually takes it, and noone feels offended. Probably because I don't refer to the leftover as "leftover", rather just as "food to eat". ...


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Don't present it as something lesser If someone told me Do you want this food, because I don't want it I could imagine that I would consider that impolite. Instead present the food as something better, not something you would like to dump and need someone to be the trash can. Try this (and mean it!): Hey, I am really happy with how my lasagna came out ...


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If I'm not sure I'll finish something I'll slice it into halves and put it on a separate plate/container before I start. That way, I can offer whoever wants to finish it completely untouched food.


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