2018 Food Finds

October

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13 oranges

September – 0 total pounds of food rescued from dumpsters


August – 14.3 total pounds of food rescued from dumpsters


July – .5 total pounds of food rescued from dumpsters, 46 pounds of food gleaned

This month we gleaned the following items from the Nashville Farmers Market, which were donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission: 46 pounds of cabbage.

We also found quite a few household goods tossed out by people moving in/out of our apartment complex. While they aren’t part of our project, we felt it was the right thing to do to rescue them as well. All but 2 items were donated to local non-profit thrift stores.


June – 93 pounds of food rescued from dumpsters, 35 pounds of food gleaned

This month we gleaned the following items from the Nashville Farmers Market, which were donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission: 23 pounds of broccoli, 9 pounds of purple kale, and 3 pounds of bell peppers.


May – 0 pounds of food rescued from dumpsters, 52 pounds of food gleaned

The grocery store next door reopened at the end of the month. We expect to resume our food rescue efforts from their dumpster soon. In the meantime, we began gleaning the Nashville Farmer’s Market one Saturday a month for Society of St. Andrew. This month we gleaned the following items, which were donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission:

  • Radishes – 8 pounds (12 bunches)
  • Turnips – 3 pounds (3 bunches)
  • Onions – 1.5 pounds
  • Kale – 3 pounds
  • 12.5 pounds of yellow squash
  • 4 pints of strawberry jam
  • 10 pounds tomatoes
  • 12 pounds (1/2 bushel) collard greens

April – 1.63 total pounds of food

We are temporarily on hold with our dumpster diving efforts. The grocer next door is closed completely now to finish their remodel. Periodically, we will check other grocers but have found many of their bins to be locked. In the meantime, we are concentrating our efforts on shopping the quick-sale and reduced-to-clear bins for produce and baked goods. We are also finding ways to be more involved in our community. Our only finds this month were:

4 oranges + 3 coffee pods

March – 0 total pounds of food

The shopping center next door began a renovation at the beginning of March. For most of the month, the dumpster has been behind a construction fence. We were hesitant to cross the fence and as such, we had zero food finds this month.


February – 121.22 total pounds of food

January – 63.17 total pounds of food + 45 non-food items