This past weekend Dive! Living Off America’s Trash was featured at the Boulder International Film Festival. Jeremy Seifert is my new Michael Pollan, Morgan Spurlock and Chef Ann Cooper in that he brings to our attention – for lack of a better term, an inconvenient truth: We waste too much food in this country, not just in our homes, but at the grocery store. It’s the food we don’t purchase that gets wasted.
My cousin introduced me to the concept of dumpster diving years ago. I was aghast but have come to find that he has never been sickened by the food that he has retrieved from grocery store dumpsters. Certainly if you google dumpster diving, there is an abundance of advice and information on Wikihow, Wikipedia, and Youtube. Olivia Zaleski wrote a great piece about dumpster diving on the Huffington Post. But Seifert didn’t just set out alarm folks. He really was wondering if perhaps there is a better way to distribute food that is no logner deemed safe to sell.
In San Francisco, Mary Risley, founder of the Tante Marie Cooking School felt the same way. Many years ago she founded Food Runners. She knew that you can’t put the onus on food banks to not only distribute but also pick up food from all over a bustling city. Food Runners’ mission is simple: "To help alleviate hunger in San Francisco, to help prevent waste and to help create community." With a band of volunteers, unwanted food is just a phone call away from being picked up and delivered to an organization that can distribute it to those in need. While the mission is simple, the logistics are not.
Do you have an organization like this in your community? Tell us about it. If you want to see Seifert’s movie, his website has viewing times. The video below is the trailer for Dive!
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