The idea of dumpster diving has always made me cringe, frankly because I feel fortunate that things haven’t come push-to-shove for me when it comes to food insecurity. Not to say I can’t see comedian Jeff Seal’s point in his latest mini doc about dumpster diving in Manhattan, which essentially leads to an overall discussion of high cost of living and food waste.
In his quick video, he spends four nights digging through trash in NYC that has been left outside of major supermarkets and restaurants. Through the process, we get enlightened on the etiquette of dumpster diving while he scores package-after-package of totally edible and often delicious looking food that others have thrown away.
At one point particularly hilarious point, he stumbles on a bag of Sabra hummus only to mention that he doesn’t normally support the brand…but since it’s free, he’s not really supporting anything: