Dumpster diver shows off $1,000 worth of bread, toilet paper, and olive oil she scavenged from Whole Foods trash in ONE NIGHT and none of it had expired
An American dumpster diver has called out her local Whole Foods for throwing away hundreds of dollars of unopened, unexpired products in a single night after she pulled countless packages of bread, olive oil, and even toilet paper from their trash.
A TikToker who goes by Dumpster Diving Freegan posted videos of her eye-opening haul, which included nearly 100 different bags of bread, a case of baby food, and six perfeclty good packages of pricey organic toilet paper.
The TikToker said that she was able to donated 90% of the salvaged food and goods to a local food bank, and called on the Amazon-owned grocery chain to do better when it comes to disposing of food.
Dumpster Diving Freegan posts a lot of dumper-diving content, but was inspired to check out a local Whole Foods after watching another TikTok video by an ex-Whole Foods employee.
The ex-employee, who had recently quit, had shared a photo of all the food she was ordered to throw away at Whole Foods that day.
It certainly seemed to show a lot of stuff — but Dumpster Diving Freegan found even more.
'This is everything that I found in one night at one location. There are nearly 100 loaves or packages of bread here,' she said, panning over just the bread products from her haul.
Spread out in rows on the floor were several full loaves of bread from brands like Dave's Killer Bread, Rudi's Bakery, and Silver Hills.
There were also items from Whole Foods' own 365 brand, including naan, hot dog buns, and pita pockets.
Other items included packages of Unbagels, baguettes, rolls, and more sliced bread.
'And the worst part is, none of this stuff was expired,' the TikToker said. 'Everything that I found was at least two days before its "best buy" date and could have easily been doanted, frozen, or given to people who needed it.'
'Honestly, this is not OK,' she added.
In a followup video, she showed off even more that she pulled from the sumpster, including six packages of Caboo bamboo bath tissue that she found 'in a case, brand new, sealed.
The unused, unopened toilet paper costs $17.49 per package, with the total amount tossed coming to $104.94.
She also found six packages of 'environmentally friendly' Preserve brand reusable cups, which cost $7.98 for a pack — or $47.88 total thrown out.
A whole case of CereBelly baby food, including six boxes (costing a total $47.94) was also in the dumpster.
'This has not been recalled and does not expire until 2022,' the TikToker revealed.
Other items included boxes of tea ranging in price from $3.49 to $14.25, two bags of apples, and six bags of red creamer potatoes.
There was a 'brand-new' $22 cheesecake, as well as another 'brand new' $24 marzipan French pastry.
Most expensive of all were the four full cases of California Olive Ranch baking blend sweet vanilla olive oil. Each unopened case included 24 bottles of oil, which — at $9.49 each — would come out to $227.76.
Dumpster Diving Freegan estimates that the total cost of everything she found was about $1,000.
She also assured viewers that she donated 90 per cent of what she found to local food bank.
However, she did point out that this sort of food waste isn't actually a problem across the board for all Whole Foods locations — but a better system needs to be put in place to make sure the brand does better.
'Many Whole Foods DO donate as they have programs in place,' she told DailyMail.com
'Most grocery stores have the same kind of waste that is shown in the video I posted, but many are not able to donate because they do not have a nonprofit that can pick up their donations.'
She said that Whole Foods is 'doing a lot of good,' but 'they could just be better.'
'The video was to show what kind of unnecessary waste is normal for grocery stores,' she said.
A spokesperson for Whole Foods told DailyMail.com that they have partnered with the national organization Food Donation Connection, and that annually they donate millions of pounds of perishable and nonperishable food to local food banks and food rescue agencies across the United States.
'Since 2013, Whole Foods Market has donated approximately 180 million pounds of food through our Grocery Rescue Program. This equates to approximately 150,000,000 meals for people in need in our local communities,' the spokesperson said, adding that Whole Foods donated over 27 million meals in 2020 alone.
The chain is also expanding its Nourishing our Neighborhoods program, which 'provides refrigerated vans to community-based food rescue programs in markets across the US.' Two years in, they have 28 vans that can resue 20,000 pounds of food per week.