It’s been a huge week in raising awareness about food waste.
I created a little media frenzy and my activism was picked up in La Crosse, Madison ran with it, and it blew up in Milwaukee. 14 stories were done between news, newspapers, and radio, and their stories were syndicated by other news outlets around the Midwest as well.
There is no doubt that a big impact was made in the Wisconsin region with this campaign.
As for me, I’ve got another 1,500 miles to ride to NYC eating nothing but food from dumpsters to continue raising awareness about food waste, and as many of you know I have donated my last $421 to Food Shift and am now traveling moneyless.
I plan to keep the momentum flowing into Chicago and continue picking up media and leading by example to inspire people to be a part of the food waste solution all the way to New York City. I’m going to be putting big-time pressure on grocery stores to donate their excess food to non-profits like Feeding America and composting the food that is no longer edible.
And yes it is completely legal for restaurants and non-profits to donate excess food, and the Good Samaritan Food Act even protects them from liability in case someone should get sick!
Grocery stores get tax deductions for donating excess food, they save money on dumpster fees, and they get to help feed hungry people! It really just doesn’t make sense for this food to be in the dumpster. It’s a win-win for everybody to donate this food and I’m out to help create more wins around the United States.
All of the media stories are below for you to be blown away by the amount of perfectly good food found in dumpsters while being entertained, educated, and inspired about the issue.
Please get involved!
What can YOU do?
I’m calling for a citizen patrol to keep grocery stories accountable for donating their food instead of putting it in dumpsters and I need your help! Simply go to dumpsters with your smart phone and take pictures or videos if you find a shameful amount of waste.
Upload the media and tweet, Facebook, or gram it at the wasteful company with #donatenotdump. Let them know we are not ok with wasting precious food. Food is life and life is too good to be thrown into a dumpster!