Ever wonder what happens to all of the food that can’t be sold at high-end grocery stores because it was still on the shelves at the end of the day? Just ask a Brooklyn twenty-something. Broke college students and hipsters in the New York City borough have been chowing down on food that stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods toss into a dumpster
We can’t make this stuff up.
“Doing this saves me hundreds of dollars a month on groceries,” dumpster-diving college student Ashley Fields, 23, of Bushwick, who stuffs her refrigerator full of fruits, sandwiches, coffee and even sushi that she finds tossed into the trash receptacles in Manhattan each week, told the New York Post.
It sounds gross, doesn’t it? Maybe it is, but these strapped-for-cash young adults love the savings. While other New Yorkers are plopping down seven or eight bucks for a salad at lunchtime, these thrifty youngsters are waiting until closing time and eating the same food for free.
It’s not as gross as you’re probably thinking, either. The majority of the fresh, still-edible food is found in its original packaging and is usually kept in separate trash bags from the straight-up garbage that occupies every supermarket dumpster.
Much of the leftover food from restaurants and food stores is donated to local charities so that it can be given away to the poor and homeless residents of New York. The charities have restrictions on what can and cannot be donated, though. Anything that can’t goes in the dumpsters of the city and, ultimately, the kitchens of broke hipsters.