We have also found that many cities, especially the big cities like Los Angeles, have many free food centers, use the internet to find them. Remember, YOU ARE NOW A HUNTER-GATHERER, you must devote some of your time to “hunting up” some food.
And don’t forget the local “Farmers Markets” in your area. Food is cheap, lots of good veggies and fruit. You can walk around munching on “samples”. At the end of the day the farmers will often give away what is left, for free or cheap, because they have to get rid of it before it spoils. I have bought a lug of tomatoes, for instance, for $1. Meet up with other gypsies and SHARE the food you have foraged.
Dumpster diving is also fun. I have never met a dumpster I didn’t like! Look behind markets, drug stores, bakeries, etc. You will be amazed at all the good food that is thrown out every day! Because some asshole sued some of the fast food chains, many lock their dumpsters at night. If you find a nice one that is open you can get meals for many people. Remember: the chicken or burgers cannot be kept until the next day. Anything left is thrown out. Every Starbucks for instance, has to get rid of “expired” packaged food when the expiration date comes up. If you can get to the unlocked bin you can eat for a week. The so-called “expired” food is usually good for a few days, keep a cooler of ice available for storage. My rule is that if it smells bad I don’t eat it. Err on the side of caution, if you puke it up blame yourself for being careless or stupid.
As my friend Blaine has said many times: The worst meal I ever had was delicious! Enjoy your free food! Send us your comments!