The things that really are wasted, just in the U.S.-yikes!
How are you getting this food? I"m sure nobody is giving it to you or stacking it neatly for you to pick up. It must be thrown away in the trash and these places do not like people going through their garbage. There may be laws about this now - I'm not sure.
I wish I could participate in this. That perfectly good food is thrown away makes me ill. But I don't think it's as easy as it seems. Perhaps others here have a more up to date perspective on this.
13- As a general rule, if in doubt about the freshness of foraged food, take off one of your sandals and smell it. If the foraged food smells worse, leave it. If it smells about the same, give it to others. If it smells better, take it home to your partner citizen.
People used to go to the bin at the nurseries to pick up the thrown out plants. Well, the neighborhood nurseries realized this and started dousing their plants with weed killer when they put them in the bin so whatever you picked up would be dead in two days. That is wasteful. Amazing. Why didn’t they discount them or replant into larger containers, I can’t tell you.
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Great read, tells how these people dive for food and then give it out on the street later :D
As bad as it is now, it was worse before. Legal "food rescue" was an extremely risky (in the legal sense) proposition prior to the Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (1996). The cretinous parasitic trial lawyers fought that one tooth and nail ("to protect poor people from businesses looking to offload their disposal costs"), and have been chipping away ever since.
Well, if it works for you... where I live you’d need to have a Conceal & Carry license to go where the food terminal is, particularly between the time you are suggesting 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. What do YOU do for a living? I and most of my friends work and get up at 5-6 a.m. for work, etc. so being out at 11 p.m. foraging for food isn’t going to be very good for the sleep cycle.
No thanks. While it might be a great way to save money, my life is more valuable to me.
Dumpster-Diver. Some mother’s son. Such a high calling.
By the way, I used to run a food bank at our church. We got all sorts of give-aways by the markets. So much of the whining is a few decades old.
It's a way to get a balanced meal for all and enjoy each other.
We might play penny-ante poker afterwards.
One of my favorite memories is making a roaster pan of popcorn, a pitcherful of koolaid - after we mother's had come up with $1.00 - the price of a station wagon full of kids and adults for a drive-in movie.
One dollar was not a pittance back then.
We rarely find large cans of food that aren’t dented in Sam’s. We quit buying there, anyway, because of all of those phony “fair trade” signs on products with jacked-up prices (products that have nothing to do with trade exchanges or tariffs).
It's not like FReepers to do the latter -- FReepers generally believe strongly in respecting private property.
Interesting advice, and it’s a real shame that so much food is wasted.
The “please kick this” at the end tells me it might have been pulled from DU. FWIW.
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There is not one single person in the United States too poor to eat well.
Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
My local food bank works with the local grocery stores to process imperfect and near-expired food in a more orderly fashion than at 2:00am with flashlights.