Dumpsters in the United States are full of perfectly good food, and my childhood friend Dane Gottschall and I are out to show this by bicycling across Wisconsin fueled 100% by food we find in dumpsters.
This might sound crazy, but what’s even more nuts is that we throw away $165 billion worth of food each year in the United States. This is slightly more than we spend on our entire public education system from kindergarten through university. All of this while 1 in 7 Americans are food insecure.
We’re going to show you that there is so much food in Wisconsin’s dumpsters that we can cycle clear across the state powered by these supermarket treasure chests. Through this adventure we promise to inform you on the food waste problem in the United States in an entertaining and inspirational manner while giving simple tips on how you can be a part of the solution.
We want you to be a part of the adventure! How can you get involved?
Go on a dumpster diving field trip with us in your city
Hop on your bike and ride with us
Host a dumpster dinner or dumpster potluck in your city
Follow the adventure online
Share the journey and spread the word
La Crosse – Aug 7th-8th
Boscobel / Lancaster Area- Aug 9th-11th
Madison – Aug 12th-13th
Milwaukee- Aug 15th-16th
Dane is a dumpster diving virgin / middle school teacher, and I’m a dumpster diving professional / adventurer and we are both Wisconsin natives.
I’m currently cycling across the United States from San Diego to NYC on The Goodfluence Tour and Dane is joining me for my leg across Wisconsin. We’ll cycle about 250 miles over the week dumpster diving the whole way, meeting locals, taking people on dumpster diving field trips, and hosting little dumpster dinners and potlucks in some of the cities.
All of this to raise awareness about food waste in a fun and enjoyable manner while inspiring individuals to be a part of the solution. You can follow the adventure onthis blog, as well as on my facebook page. If you would like to get a hold of me directly to get involved, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a video of my ride across the United States last summer where I ate 280 pounds of food from dumpsters. This is a good example of what you can expect to see on this journey of Dumpster Diving Across Wisconsin!