Dumpster Divers Defense Fund
Meet Tony Moyer and Sam Troyer, brother-in-laws in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. They’ve been dumpster diving for 10 months, collecting $1,000’s of good food and donating it to people in need. But in October they were arrested for dumpster diving at a CVS and charged with loitering and prowling at night as well as criminal trespassing.
The dumpster they were arrested at did not have a “no trespassing” sign posted, the gate was wide open, and the dumpster wasn’t locked. They weren't prowling, they weren't loitering, and they weren't trespassing and dumpster diving isn’t even illegal in Pennsylvania. Tony and Sam always leave the place cleaner than they found it when dumpster diving and neither of them have ever been in trouble with the law.
We want all charges against them dropped so they can go back to rescuing food and donating it to people in need! $165 billion worth of food is wasted each year in the USA. That’s enough to feed another entire American population yet 50 million americans are food insecure.
Inspired by Tony and Sam I’ve started the Dumpster Divers Defense Fund to help Food Waste Warriors if they get arrested or ticketed. The funds raised will cover Tony and Sams tickets if they aren't dropped but better yet will be used to help them start a food rescue program with grocery stores so that the food can be donated and not put in the dumpster in the first place.
This fund will also help to bring media attention to the issue of food waste and hunger, help dumpster divers in the future who get in trouble like Sam and Tony did, and help dumpster divers to start food rescue programs to keep food out of the dumpsters.
Please donate to the Dumpster Divers Defense Fund to help Tony and Sam and to bring a voice and power to people who are helping to feed people in need and fight food waste!
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Posted by Rob Greenfield
Thank you all so much for your donations! We're up to $2,480 which is pretty great. I wanted to give you an update. Tony and Sam's preliminary hearing was scheduled for December 22nd but it was rescheduled by Pennsylvania to January 23rd. I will update you then on what happens at the hearing. We are very grateful to have attorney Juliette M. Zaengle volunteering to do take on this case pro bono for us. She's been a huge help so far. As always our goal is to get all charges against Tony and Sam dropped. If that happens all of the money that we raise can be used to help them start a food rescue program where grocery stores donate the food to people in need rather than throwing it away. If not the money will pay their fees, and all excess money raised will go into starting food rescue programs or defending anyone in the future who is arrested for dumpster diving. Thank you all again for your support. If you know anyone who wants to contribute please let them know we are still looking for donations and that the money will be used very wisely to affect positive change in food waste and hunger!
Posted by Rob Greenfield
Here's a few updates.
We've been getting great media coverage on this from multiple local news channels and newspapers as well as national online media including treehugger, Collective Evolution, Higher Perspective. More is coming soon including NowThis, Mic, and civileats. You can follow my page www.Facebook.com/RobGreenfield for updates.
There has been some confusion about the charges including some people who think they have been dropped. They have not been dropped yet. It is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Dauphin that is pressing charges against Tony and Sam, not CVS. The arrest took place at CVS in Hershey, PA. CVS has responded to multiple people that they are not pressing charges. If you think CVS should take it a step further you can contact CVS and ask them to contact Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Dauphin and ask them to drop the charges. CVS Corporate can be reached on Facebook at Facebook.com/CVS or by phone at 1-800-746-7287
Thank you all for your donations. We are up to $1,260. The Dumpster Divers Defense Fund has been set up to help dumpster divers long term who run into situations like this. Funds will be used to pay tickets when we can't get them dropped as well as legal fees. Funds will also be used to help dumpster divers to switch over to formal food rescue by connecting grocery stores with local programs where they can donate the food instead of throw it away. This campaign is called Donate Not Dump #DonateNotDump
Here is a video on this campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaCpsxk0PQQ&t=2s
For in depth info on food waste at grocery stores and the solutions go to:
Good job guys! You did what so many other people should be doing! Deanna in Kansas
Hungry people should be able to do the same for their selves and others with respect of the premises for sure .There need not be waste in the world when so many are in need .This is never breaking any laws this is living in what must be in Love, laws do not exist only in the minds of the greedy.
Carry on boys, you are hungry people's angels.
we were dumper diving in poplar bluff and we would clean some of the things up and give them to kids who liked them people some things that they could where and pots and pans we help people a lot that year but were told we would go to jail if we came back.
There are so many areas, especially when the government is involved, where commonsense is thrown out the window. It would be better for it to be criminal to throw out food when people within a 15 mile radius are without food.
After retiring I went to work for a national craft retailer. One day we received some frames in our delivery that were not supposed to have been delivered to us. Corporate's response: destroy them and throw them out. Really? I know this is not like the food issue, but it goes to show how corporate America thinks. Such a shame you guys have to be put in this situation. Sending positive thoughts to the judge who will hear your case, that he does the moral thing. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to a couple of guys whose hearts are in the right place.