I stumbled upon a new Kickstarter campaign that caught my attention because it aims to change the way we think of food and money with a dumpster diver café. Maximus Thaler, a student at Tufts University, is raising money to cover rent and utilities for the Gleaners Kitchen, an “underground restaurant” that will use foods found in dumpsters for it’s dishes. Thaler’s idea has been successful online — he’s already surpassed his initial goal of $1,500! This makes me wonder whether this campaign’s success will translate to real life.
Would you eat at a café that uses salvaged food from a dumpster?
The cheapster in me is so excited about this new concept because this can help reduce my grocery bill and cut down on food waste. Did I mention the café will serve the food for FREE to everyone who stops by? I have no problem eating perfectly good food that’s been in a dumpster. I just wouldn’t want to go digging for it in stinky trash cans. Julia is much more braver than I am — watch BB dumpster dive!
I know a lot of people will be disgusted by this concept and opposed to the idea of eating trashed food. I’m interested in seeing how the Massachusetts’ Health Department reacts to this concept when it gets off the ground.
The plan is for the café to open this summer out of an apartment where Thaler, currently a senior philosophy of science major, will live. It’ll be open 24 hours a day, with coffee, tea, and soup available at all hours. The Gleaners Kitchen will also host special events on weekends, and you’ll also be able to order meals placed via text to be delivered via bike. The menu will be determined by whatever discarded produce, herbs, meat, fish, and other ingredients are found in nearby dumpsters. Donations will be welcomed!
Thaler recently announce a new goal of $2,500. The extra cash will be used to pay for a “bike truck” to help his group gather goods during dumpster-diving runs. The pledge period ends April 18.
Have you ever been dumpster diving?
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