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Dumpster Diving Food

While not an appetizing thought to many, dumpster diving for food is becoming more commonplace in today's society. Some dumpster dive for food because they are hungry. Other's, such as members of a group known as Freegan's, dumpster dive to make a statement about capitalism, sustainability and waste in modern America. A note of caution; dumpster diving is considered a misdemeanor in many cities and municipalities across the United States.

Old clothes
Paper or cloth bags

Dress in old clothes. Dumpster diving for food is messy and your clothing will get stained and dirty. If you have them, wear gloves.

Make a game plan. Decide what dumpsters you want to dive into. Grocery stores and restaurants usually dump food soon after closing.

Park your car close to the dumpster, but pointed toward the road. Leave the car door open for a fast getaway if needed.

Approach the dumpster, checking around you that no one else is watching. Lift the lid of the dumpster if it is closed.

Shine the flashlight into the dumpster to determine if edible foodstuffs are inside.

Climb into the dumpster and fill paper bags or cloth totes with suitable edible foods.

Words to the Wise:
Produce and bakery products are often thrown out simply due to blemishes or other imperfections.
Canned goods that no longer have labels are often thrown away. While you may not know what you are getting, canned goods are safe to eat.