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Andollo’s forays into the trash are more than just a budget-stretching strategy. Like plenty of other so-called Dumpster divers, he’s on a quest to preserve the planet.
He says the freeganism movement, or the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded, is populated mostly by nonreligious people. But for Andollo, Dumpster diving is an act of faith, one that is motivated by a biblical mandate to care for the Earth.
Dumpster divers are of a particular demographic, said Sharon Cornelissen, a doctoral student at Princeton who researched divers for her master’s in sociology. She said the movement generally attracts educated white people in their 20s and 30s [that's me!]; typically, they are people who do it by choice rather than need. “It’s more expressed in an anti-capitalism,” she said. “It’s framed more in political terms than spiritual terms.”
As someone who is religious, [Andollo] knows he’s in the minority among his “food rescuing” friends, though he met several other freegans at a gathering of “Jesus Radicals” in Minneapolis. His concern stems not only from his faith but a general concern for the Earth and for other people.
“There’s an environmental concern, but there’s also a concern for the dignity and value of humans and human labor,” he said. “At some point in my life, I couldn’t ignore the ‘Made in China’ tag anymore.”
As for Uptown Freegans, our next gathering will be this Wednesday, February 26, at Word Up Bookshop in Washington Heights. Please find more details at the meetup page. Hope to see you there!