It still blows my mind that all of this food I collect every week for my chickens and my family would otherwise be headed for the dumpster. We’ve been picking up free “scraps” from Mr. Produce Guy for over a year now and week after week I am shocked at what’s headed for the trash. So much of it is completely edible, but just not as pretty as we’re used to seeing in the produce aisles. I am really grateful for it, but it’s also frustrating to know so many people go hungry when perfectly good food is going to waste.
Check out some pictures of my biggest “free food” hauls over the past year. I bet I’ve rescued over $1,000 worth of produce since I started. It was really one of the most profitable and beneficial questions I’ve ever asked. Have you asked your local grocer if you can take their throwaways home? Has it worked? What have you been doing with your haul? Anyone tried asking bakeries, restaurants, etc. for their day old, bound-for-the-trash leftovers? I wonder what you’d see in their dumpsters?
And that was just a fraction of what I’ve brought home. Does it frustrate you just as much as it frustrates me that we waste SO MUCH in this country? Or do you think they are justified in getting rid of produce that’s a little wilty & a little moldy? Do you think I’m crazy for feeding my family produce bound for the trash? Or do you feel like I do that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?!
If you have just stumbled upon this series and are wondering how I got all this food for free, you’ll want to read this story first.