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EEFC Dumpster Dives cancelled--and were not meant to be "free food giveaways"

From: Justin T.
Sent on: Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:19 PM

Transitioners,

Just in case you were planning on doing more dumpster diving at the CoOp, know that for now we will not be hosting that Meetup, and I have cancelled the Sunday Dumpster Dive meetup.

These "dumpster diving" Meetups were not supposed to be a free food giveaway. The reason why Micah stopped doing what he was doing was because he didn't want to lug all that food over to the weekly Carnegie Library distribution spot. The point of having a PUBLIC meetup at EEFC, labeled "Dumpster Diving: EEFC" is to attract attention & interest, get people DIRECTLY there instead of having a middle-man transporter (thus using gas), have the people there make plans and share stories with other people interested in dumpster diving, show them what kinds of things are composted or thrown out, ultimately tell them that they HAVE to give over 90% of THIS food away--but let them walk away with the connections & tips on dumpster diving, and a small taste of what the rewards are, in order to get them to keep doing it. THAT'S why this is valuable. Hopefully, in the future, we'll be able to do something more akin to this, this time with more buy-in from the CoOp. And more of a clear understanding of what the Meetup will entail.

Micah from Food Not Bombs was originally supposed to lead that Meetup in order to show us how to procure the food, and ended up not being able to make it--so I proceeded anyway. In hindsight, I was not clear enough about what the intent was of the Meetup (the stuff in bold), and IF we get the CoOp's permission to do this again (and we won't otherwise) I'll make sure to rewrite the description in order to make sure there is no lack of clarity as to what we'll be doing.

There was no intent to mislead the Meetup members OR the CoOp, especially the employees. Sorry for all the trouble. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Your Co-Organizer,

Justin Thakar

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