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November 4, 2012

Big Haul

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:58 am

Tonight was one of the biggest hauls we’ve ever gotten. It took us over 2 hours to put the food away. Much will be given to 3 local families who need the food besides us and the rest for my husband and I.

The pictures say it all. There were ice chips on the food inside the bags inside the dumpster. Either the freezer broke and they threw all this frozen food out or it was thrown out because new inventory came in. Either way, a God’s blessing for me and a few other folks. Too bad I didn’t live close enough to NYC, I could have helped a lot of folks.



  1. Amazing…I saw the report about those diving in the dumpsters in NYC for food that OBVIOUSLY was just fine to eat. WHY aren’t they SMART enough to donate what they could to those who could use it..oooooohhh regulations get in the way I guess..I see so much of what happened in Katrina and we seemed to haven’t learned very much from that tragedy. So glad I do not live in that ZONE where it happened as it will take probably ten years to get back any semblance of what it was before. I imagine there will be a whole lot of unused items there that everyone just FORGOT, Just sad,,,

    Comment by CAROL — November 4, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  2. Those dumpsters in NYC were pretty telling weren’t they? Did you see all the shopping carts in the parking lot FULL of food? I’m sure the food we found last night was just a small portion of what was actually in there. Even if the dumpster was full of food and we only got a portion, I simply did not have the room to keep it. I will have to eventually buy another freezer.

    Carol – IMO I think it’s just too much work for these stores to donate food. They’d have to have a reliable person come by daily to pick up food that was otherwise going to be thrown out. Seeing how unreliable a lot of people are, I can understand that.

    I’ve come to the acceptance that it’s futile to why ask why. I’m just glad the Lord gave me the means to get this food for myself and others.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 4, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  3. Wow how impressive. You are doing Jesus’s work. You should be very proud of yourself. Thanks for saving those families. God Bless you. All of your good deeds will be returned to you. You are great people. In these hard times Jesus said “Do onto others as you’d have done to you”. You made my whole week knowing there are people out there that still care for others. That is rare now a days. Enjoy your week.

    Comment by Lisa Smith — November 4, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  4. Wow, I am so glad you have found some families who both need and want to accept what you are giving them. Bravo!

    Comment by Cheapchick — November 4, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  5. Lisa, how nice of you to say that. Yes there are still good people. You definitely have to separate the wheat from the chaff though.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  6. Our first family is a mom, dad and 3 kids. Our second family is a young former veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s in his 20’s, has a small business doing handyman type of stuff and who is living hand to mouth just like many folks.

    Our 3rd family was added recently. A local man who in his 80’s that sells free range eggs. These are farm fresh eggs he sells for $1 a dozen. He had to raise his prices but because he likes my husband and I so much, the price stays at $1 for us. He is the recipient of our largesse. The other night I wanted to see the chickadees. They weren’t having it. They ran off like mad cats when I walked up to the fence. It was so cute.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 4, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  7. Holy crow! That’s alot of stuff. If only they would throw away food of better quality – eggs, milk, meat, chicken. I’m surprised they still sell cinnibuns.

    Comment by Ryu — November 6, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  8. Yeah me too Ryu. The frozen food we found is a supplement to the fresh food we actually eat. The frozen potato skins, fish sticks and other stuff like that are convenient in a pinch. Instead of spending needless money and dining out, we can throw in a couple of hot pockets in the oven and combine that with a salad for a meal.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 15, 2012 @ 12:18 am

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