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Viral TikTok Shows a Massive Haul of Food From Whole Foods Dumpster


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TikTok user @dumpsterdivingfreegan recently posted a clip that went viral to the tune of over 3 millions views, which highlighted a massive haul of seemingly fresh food that she obtained dumpster diving through a Whole Foods market.

The account’s aim is to use dumpster diving as a way to expose the problem of food waste in America. In the clip above we see what look to be a still packaged and still frozen whole turkey, dozens of what seem to be fresh raw meat and Beyond Meat, juices, sauces, milk, yogurt, fresh cut fruits, salads, and packages of guacamole. It’s a sobering visual, really, knowing the disparity between the amount of food being wasted and individuals in need.

This whole account has numerous clips that show the mass amounts of still good products and food that’s being wasted by markets and stores in the US, and hopefully with its sizable following of 347k+ followers, can further shed light on the problem that can lead to solutions.


College Student Runs Dumpster Diving Cafe with ‘Recycled’ Food


Tufts University student Maximus Thaler has taken frugality to a whole new level by opening up a “freegan” cafe in his apartment that operates on donations and exchanged services rather than price tags. The twist? All food served in the cafe is pulled directly from the trash.

Thaler and other members of The Gleaner’s Kitchen (a Tufts cooperative living house) make nighttime trips to garbage cans and dumpsters throughout the Boston area in search of discarded (but still edible) food to serve in their home-based cafe. Thaler acknowledges that the entire enterprise exists “in a grey area of legality” but insists that he is providing a necessary service to his community, “I eat better out of a dumpster than […] most Tufts students will ever be able to afford.

We’ll be honest: If you can get past the ick factor of dumpster diving, that’s a lot of good-looking free food. And we are all about free food. Props to Thaler for replacing the typical college student cheap dinner of ramen noodles with something environmentally sustainable and delicious. Oh, yum!

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