So what’s this all about? The goal of these events is to draw attention to the waste of food and at the same time to provide for people who need help. Ever since the food in dumpsters experience occurred for the first time in New York in 2014, the idea has spread across the US.
Plenty of people are willing to dig deep into their pockets for an evening in a cozy container. The organisation has hosted over a dozen such dinners in the United States with guests paying up to 125 dollars. Up to a quarter of the revenue goes to organisations like Food Runner which collects leftover food from large companies and distributes them to people in need.
And the result? Originally destined for the bin, these menus look amazing.
Salvage Supperclub founder Josh Treuhaft wants to change people’s attitudes about food wastage. He told American radio network NPR: “I want to engage people and get them excited about food waste prevention, so we send less food to the landfill.”
Worldwide more than 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food is thrown away every year. According to Love Food Hate Waste, the UK gets rid of 7 tonnes of food and drink just from our homes annually, more than half of which could be eaten. It’s enough food to fill Wembley Stadium nine times. The two biggest reasons are cooking too much or not using in time. France made headlines in 2016 with new laws requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities or for animal feed and there is a growing movement for other countries to follow suit.
The waste also starts with the producer: Crooked cucumbers or knobbly carrots are sorted out and only fruits and vegetables which look identical to the standard are commercially sold. And Salvage Supperclub’s Treuhaft told the Huffington Post he wants to change our behaviour from a system: “that throws away aesthetically imperfect foods to one that embraces the highly imperfect and variable nature of all living things.”