Dumpster Dive Deliciousness

The first three facts listed in Rob Greenfield’s Huffington Post article, “The Food Waste Fiasco: You Have to See It to Believe it,” are jaw-drop worthy enough…

  • We throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food per year in America.
  • About 50 million of our 317 million Americans are food insecure yet we produce enough food to feed over 500 million Americans.
  • To create just the amount of food that ends up in the landfills we waste enough water to meet the domestic water needs of every American citizen.
    2014-09-28-2…but Rob, an eco-adventurer, environmental activist and entrepeneur, went a few steps further. Rob traveled the US relying almost entirely on food he found in dumpsters. The picture on the right is what Rob was able to salvage from grocery store dumpsters in Chicago.

    At Loaves & Fishes, we pride ourselves on our food recovery system, which involves partnerships with many local grocers. Last year, Loaves & Fishes rescued 2,808,400 pounds of food from these partners, which we value at $7,975,856. Nevertheless, Rob provides an incredible illustration of the flaws of our national food system, so make sure to check out the full article (Click Here) to see what he was able to collect in major cities throughout America.