With the amount of food waste in the U.S., the answer is yes as long as you don’t mind some ugly produce.
For those concerned about any legal hindrance, put your mind at ease with the story of a scavenger who apparently spent only $5.50 on food over the course of two years of dumpster diving. Avoiding any illness or malnourishment, William Reid took advantage of many grocery stores’ open dumpster policy. As 40% of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten, Reid’s efforts were more a play for food awareness than a means of survival. But I’m going to go ahead and recommend that you adopt it as a lifestyle. The intentionally homeless guy on my block swears by Trader Joe’s for their pre-packaged treats and killer Chicken Tikka Masala.
Other than the social stigma of digging through a dumpster, why not shop at the party in back instead of the stuffy, fluorescent-lit store? Even if the odds were 50-50 on getting sick, I would still rather have free food than pay the ungodly amount for organic or locally grown food. Going to a supermarket is about as removed as you can get from the food process. Maybe pulling a cabbage from a bin will bring you back to your ancestral hunter-gatherer days.
This Guy Spends $2.75 A Year On Food And Eats Like A King| Huffington Post