Not all garbage should be thrown away — at least according to the Freegans, a group of dumpster-divers who live off unspoiled, discarded food.


  • more than meets the eye (idiom) – more than you can see
  • affluent – wealthy, rich
  • vegan – a vegan is a vegetarian who also does not eat or use any animal products
  • salvage – save, repair and keep
  • dumpsters – large garbage cans
  • haul – to carry or drag away
  • squishy – soft and squeezable
  • guacamole – a Mexican dip made from avocados
  • produce (n) – fruit and vegetables
  • in abundance – plentiful, easily found
  • stir fry – a Chinese dish made in a wok
  • ridiculous – crazy, silly
  • massive – very big

Quick Quiz

Answer the following:

  1. 1 According to freegans, ____ of the food on sale in supermarkets in the US goes unsold. (40%)
  2. Who were the chicken strips for? (Leah’s dog)
  3. One of the freegans found ______ in abundance (bread)
  4. According to Leah, one in ___ kids goes hungry in New York City every night. (three)


  • Would you have dinner with the freegans?
  • Do you waste a lot of food?
  • Are you good at saving money?
  • Talk about some ways that you try to save money.

Learning Points

  1. The word freegan is a combination of two words – ‘free’ and ‘vegan’. Combining words is quite common in English. For example:
    1. brunch – breakfast and lunch
    2. sheeple – sheep and people; sheeple are people who do not think for themselves
    3. blog – a combination of web and log
  2. The phrase ‘out of necessity‘ is useful for describing a situation where people had no choice in something
    1. “Leah and Tate Jones became freegans out of necessity”

Video Lesson 4: Meet the Freegans
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