I enjoyed some leftover soup and bread tonight from my friend's grocery store job. It's a shame how much expired food normally gets thrown out in our food system. I remember my fellow grad students' exasperation that expensive bell peppers are regularly thrown out as soon as they begin to wrinkle.
I met them for lunch outside the MU one sunny day while aspiring student council candidates buzzed around us.
One particularly affable undergrad approached us to explain why he was the man for the job. He noticed the big bag of bagels on the table and cheerfully accepted an offer for some free food.
"Where are these from?" the young politician asked, reaching into the bag.
"They're from, uh, well, from behind Noah's, they're....
dude, they're from a dumpster."
His face slumped in disbelief as my friend sheepishly explained that they were found wrapped completely in two clean bags - and were therefore perfectly edible.
He quietly declined and moved on to the next table.