Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. That’s 263 million pounds a day and 3,000 pounds a second.
With the Thanksgiving holiday just past, you may find yourself reflecting on these statistics while eating leftovers from your turkey dinner. This month’s Sustainable Community Film Series film, “Dive!”, puts these stats in the spotlight, forcing viewers to ask important questions about our food system and the amount of waste it produces.
The Sustainable Community Film Series — a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues this month with two screenings. The first takes place at Loaded Joe’s in Avon on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and the second at Dusty Boot in Eagle on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
“Dive!” may cause viewers to wonder: How can America throw away so much food when more than 35 million people in the country don’t know where their next meal is coming from? When did America become so wasteful?
What happens to the food here in Eagle County when it is taken off the shelves at grocery stores? Are the food banks filled and are our community members able to receive healthy, wholesome food?
Tsu Wolin-Brown, director of Vail Valley Salvation Army, says that at the moment their food bank is looking great because of all the recent food drives. This won’t be the case in a few weeks. The Salvation Army has serviced 6,000 families this year and that does not include the holiday baskets. They can always use donations. Wolin-Brown also commented on the large amount of rescued food they receive from local grocery stores.
“We receive bread, frozen meat and other frozen items, but we haven’t been getting as much produce as we would like.” Wolin-Brown said.
“Dive!” has garnered critical praise while raising important questions about hunger and waste in society. Inspired by a curiosity about society’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary “Dive!” follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food — resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.