Dumpster Divers Defense Fund

$2,645 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 4 months
Rob Greenfield
on behalf of Dumpster Diver Defense Fund
 SAN DIEGO, CA


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!
Press and questions can be directed to www.RobGreenfield.tv/contact

UPDATE 02/02/2017:
We’ve got good news!


Thanks to incredible support from all of YOU the charges against Tony and Sam have been dropped! Because of strong public pressure the charges were dropped without even going to court which means we didn’t spend a single penny on defense. This means that all of the funds we raised can be used to help establish food rescue programs, defend future divers who may get arrested, and bring more attention to the issues of food waste and hunger!

The story spread nationwide through media outlets including NPR, Washington Post, and NowThis and this absolute victory has set a precedent for anyone possibly arrested for dumpster diving for food in the future! 100s of thousands of people raised their voices, shared our story, and contacted CVS and the court in Pennsylvania and there is no doubt that this was dropped because of public pressure. This was an example of the police preying on innocent people with only a small voice. All too often they can take advantage of innocent people, knowing that they won’t be able to defend themselves. But together our small voices made one huge voice that overpowered and prevailed. 

Now we can focus on the real crime at hand, stores throwing away huge quantities of perfectly good food every day while millions of Americans are hungry. Tony and Sam are now starting their own food rescue program and establishing relationships with stores to help them donate this food to local charities instead of dumping it in the first place. Grocery stores, restaurants, caters, etc. that donate food to nonprofits are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and a University of Arkansas School of Law study shows that not a single retailer has ever been sued after donating food to a nonprofit. Thousands of food rescue programs exist across the USA. The means are out there for stores that truly want to do the right thing and #DonateNotDump.

Thank you all so much for your support. This is a victory on all fronts and we could not have done it without each and every one of your support!

The good guys have won this time and now have a bigger voice than ever! Share the good news! 

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Update 3
Posted by Rob Greenfield
1 month ago
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We’ve got good news!
Thanks to incredible support from all of YOU the charges against Tony and Sam have been dropped! Because of strong public pressure the charges were dropped without even going to court which means we didn’t spend a single penny on defense. This means that all of the funds we raised can be used to help establish food rescue programs, defend future divers who may get arrested, and bring more attention to the issues of food waste and hunger! The story spread nationwide through media outlets including NPR, Washington Post, and NowThis and this absolute victory has set a precedent for anyone possibly arrested for dumpster diving for food in the future! 100s of thousands people raised their voices, shared our story, and contacted CVS and the court in Pennsylvania and there is no doubt that this was dropped because of public pressure. This was an example of the police preying on innocent people with only a small voice. All too often they can take advantage of innocent people, knowing that they won’t be able to defend themselves. But together our small voices made one huge voice that overpowered and prevailed. 
Now we can focus on the real crime at hand, stores throwing away huge quantities of perfectly good food every day while millions of Americans are hungry. Tony and Sam are now starting their own food rescue program and establishing relationships with stores to help them donate this food to local charities instead of dumping it in the first place. Grocery stores, restaurants, caters, etc. that donate food to nonprofits are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and a University of Arkansas School of Law study shows that not a single retailer has ever been sued after donating food to a nonprofit. Thousands of food rescue programs exist across the USA.The means are out there for stores that truly want to do the right thing and #DonateNotDump.
Thank you all so much for your support. This is a victory on all fronts and we could not have done it without each and every one of your support!
The good guys have won this time and now have a bigger voice than ever! Share the good news! 
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Update 2
Posted by Rob Greenfield
2 months ago
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Hi everyone!
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!
Best,
Rob
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Update 1
Posted by Rob Greenfield
3 months ago
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Hello everyone!
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.
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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:
http://www.robgreenfield.tv/foodwastesolutions
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Maggie Loewe Williams
2 months ago
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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.

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Scott Bae
3 months ago
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Great news! Got word via Twitter that CVS is not pressing charges. https://twitter.com/CVS_Extra/status/804001806795862017

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Wendy Sheahan
3 months ago
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Donated and Shared......I am so sorry you are dealing with this. It is a disgrace what these businesses dismiss as trash. You guys are serious humanitarians for your efforts. CVS should be THANKING YOU! I want to say thanks for being awesome :-) !!!!!

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Deanna Stewart
3 months ago

Good job guys! You did what so many other people should be doing! Deanna in Kansas

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Janet Ann Guilliam
3 months ago

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.

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Sheila Evans
3 months ago

Carry on boys, you are hungry people's angels.

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Maaeegan Hill
19 days ago

CVS just posted on their page that they have zero intentions on pressing charges on these individuals for the dumpster diving.

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Fitz Usmany
1 month ago

That is great news, I almost overlooked since business days are that busy. Well done ... and keep up the good dumpster diving (y)

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Pat Holifield
2 months ago

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.

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Claudia Burt Green
3 months ago

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.

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$2,645 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 4 months
Created November 20, 2016
Rob Greenfield  
on behalf of Dumpster Diver Defense Fund
$5
rachelle S
10 days ago
$5
Anonymous
10 days ago
KS
$20
Kyle Simon
15 days ago
RS
$25
Rita Shoemaker
20 days ago
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1 month ago
ML
$20
Michelle Leung
1 month ago
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$5
Wachirawan Pengphol
1 month ago
SC
$25
Sara Cole
2 months ago

I hope Tony and Sam continue their efforts to helping those less fortunate.

$50
Wendy Breyer
2 months ago
JS
$5
Jason Shelton
2 months ago
Maggie Loewe Williams
2 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Scott Bae
3 months ago
2
2

Great news! Got word via Twitter that CVS is not pressing charges. https://twitter.com/CVS_Extra/status/804001806795862017

+ Read More
Wendy Sheahan
3 months ago
1
1

Donated and Shared......I am so sorry you are dealing with this. It is a disgrace what these businesses dismiss as trash. You guys are serious humanitarians for your efforts. CVS should be THANKING YOU! I want to say thanks for being awesome :-) !!!!!

+ Read More
Deanna Stewart
3 months ago

Good job guys! You did what so many other people should be doing! Deanna in Kansas

+ Read More
Janet Ann Guilliam
3 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Sheila Evans
3 months ago

Carry on boys, you are hungry people's angels.

+ Read More
Maaeegan Hill
19 days ago

CVS just posted on their page that they have zero intentions on pressing charges on these individuals for the dumpster diving.

+ Read More
Fitz Usmany
1 month ago

That is great news, I almost overlooked since business days are that busy. Well done ... and keep up the good dumpster diving (y)

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Pat Holifield
2 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Claudia Burt Green
3 months ago

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.

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