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Fri May 22, 2020, 02:58 PM

These Moms Resort to Dumpster-Diving to Feed Their Kids

When I saw my friend Jackie friend post about going dumpster diving, aka the practice of obtaining food from trash dumpsters, my first thought was: What new hell are we going through in this country where regular moms are dumpster-diving to feed their kids?

But then I saw: Jackie wrote in her post that her food bill for the month of February, for her family of three, had been a mere $14.28. That’s a far cry from the $350-plus monthly that my household of four spends on food. So SheKnows spoke with Jackie to learn more.

“When we began dumpster diving, the goal wasn’t financial; we simply couldn’t bear the thought of perfectly good food going to waste,” Jackie explains. “Given the amount of energy it takes to grow, harvest, process, package, and ship the products we consume, having them end up in landfill — especially when so many people are food insecure — feels criminal.”

She’s right about the waste. According to USDA estimates, roughly 31 percent of the food supply — that’s 133 billion pounds, equalling $162 billion dollars — gets wasted annually. There’s really no reason anyone in this country should go hungry. She went on to say that she understands that a lot of people may feel hesitant to dumpster dive because of the “ick” factor…That’s when I knew I had to speak to her because I was curious to know more — who doesn’t want to save money and do right by the planet? — but the “ick” factor was undeniably real.


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Fri May 22, 2020, 03:03 PM

1. She doesn't sound unhappy about it

Many people do this because they want to save money and are up for the challenge. I'm not sad for these moms (in this article). They sound upbeat about it - even advertising about it. I've traveled with folks who do this as well and they aren't starving. They love doing this.

There are many who go without. And lots of sad stories about food insecurity.

But for these folks? IDK.
To each his (or her) own.

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Fri May 22, 2020, 03:07 PM

2. Legislators writing laws to protect people from getting food poisoning...

Lawyers making money suing suppliers for people who claim food poisoning....

And the beat goes on...

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