A: No, this item is not discontinued as of this moment.
A: You may be able to still find inventory in stores, but this product will not be replenished in the foreseeable future.
A: I found this option for IRIS 6-Qt. Storage Box in Clear Model# 200400 on the Home Depot Webpage.
A: This is great for shoe storage! I use them to stack on top of each other. Saves a lot of room in my closet.
A: Yes, it is food safe.
A: Mimimartin, These 5-Qt. are really great for organizing small items because they are made of clear plastic and they stack snuggly atop one another. However, they are not designed to contain and protect food because the lids do not seal air-tight. In my opinion it would be safe to enclose and transport individually wrapped edible items in these containers. Cooked or cold storage foods would be better kept in water-proof air-tight enclosures for safety.