Will Reid (not pictured above) is a freegan. A freegan is someone whose food is exclusively sourced from the dumpsters of various supermarkets. They scope out the fresh unsold food supermarkets could not sell at the end of the day. It's thrown out, but it's still perfectly edible.
Reid started living the freegan life while he was a grad student at American University. He has never gotten ill from his nourishing gains. He told The Huffington Post, "My life isn't tremendously different from other people's. Other people go shopping for their food, I'll go around back and see what's available." In fact, it can take him just fifteen minutes sometimes to find a fresh meal ”” shorter than many visits to the supermarket.
4. He Began Doing It While Volunteering At Food Not Bombs
Will Reid began his dumpster diving in earnest while volunteering at Food Not Bombs, a program that gives food to the homeless. There, he found he could live off of the things he found in the trash. "It occurred to me that it might be possible for somebody to survive that way," he told The Huffington Post.
William will not only eat food he's found in dumpsters, but he's since gone vegan ”” not out of a greater concern for the rights of animals, but to give himself a greater challenge ”” and it has indeed proven to be one. William has to rummage through multiple dumpsters to find his meals.
6. He Hopes His Efforts Will Lead To A Spotlight On Waste
America has a problem with food waste, with up to half the fresh food of a supermarket's inventory going to waste as hunger remains a problem. William hopes to bring attention to this, not just with his lifestyle, but with a documentary on the subject which he hopes to release in 2017.
One time, while he was on a film shoot, Will spent $5.50 on a meal. Gasp! Specifically, he bought a bag of Chex Mix and a protein bar. "I was sort of stranded in a situation, and I needed something to eat and really didn't have any options. I was weak, it wasn't even real food," he toldThe Huffington Post. So he's spent $5.50 on food over two years, which comes out to $2.75 a year. Intriguing.
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