The Gleaners' Kitchen

A project in Somerville, MA by Maximus Thaler

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We turn waste into wealth by making fresh, wholesome meals from food that others thought was garbage. All our ingredients are freegan.
Backers: 116
Average Pledge Per Backer: $28

Funded: $3,212 of $1,500
Dates: Mar 19th -> Apr 18th (30 days)
Project By: Maximus Thaler
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How Crowdfunding Is Changing My Perception of Community

May 1st - via:
Mrs. Kicktraq shares how crowdfunding projects near and far are impacting her perception of her community. (Read More)

Some Photos

April 13th - via:

Maximus Thaler, Tufts University Student, Wants To Open Cafe That Serves Discarded Food For Free

April 12th - via:
According to the National Resources Defense Council, supermarkets throw away on average, $2,300 worth of out-of-date, but still consumable, food every night. It’s a wasteful practice Thaler hopes to put an end to by raising $1,500 to open a café that gives away discarded grub. (Read More)

Watch Maximus on Huffington post live.

April 11th - via:'freegans'%2C-dumpster-divers%2C-live-off-discarded-food/515dc6cb78c90a2f240000d6 Maximus is interviewed on the Huffington Posts Live streaming channel for 25 minutes with friend and Tufts anthropologist Emily... (Read More)

Dumpster Diner

April 11th - via:
A Tufts University student is opening an underground "restaurant" with a menu featuring discarded foods taken from supermarket dumpsters. The food will be served free to all patrons, but the new idea still raises some interesting questions. (Read More)

Bicycles and Cookbooks

April 9th - via:
We're making a cookbook! Here are some rough sketches of beginnings. Also, Dr. Deesnuts now has handlebars! Hooray!  also also, here's another blog about us  (Read More)

An Ethnography on Dumpster Divers

April 9th - via:
I spoke with a sociologist named Alex Barnard at UC Berkeley a couple days ago. He wanted to interview me for a book on dumpster diving. He's written some pretty interesting papers. Check this one out if you're interested... (Read More)

This is Nick

April 8th - via:
He is the most wonderfulest person ever and will be cooking lots of food and doing lots of dishes. Thanks Nick!   (Read More)

Kickstarter Campaign Asks for Money to Start "Freegan" Cafe - Serving Food from Dumpsters

April 8th - via:
Starving college students have been known to come up with creative ways to get free and/or cheap food. But Tufts University student Maximus Thaler is taking frugal to a whole new level. He and a crew of dumpster-diving hippies friends want to start up a restaurant (read: soup kitchen, because they don't actually want to charge anyone for the food) with goods they "glean" from the dumpsters of Boston's grocery stores. (Read More)

Gleaners’ Kitchen: Eating At a Restaurant That Serves “Rubbish”

April 8th - via:
Eating out means shelling out money, whether it is for a fine dining experience or a takeaway. But would you ever eat at a place that serves you food "free of cost" from 'rubbish'- literally? (Read More)

The food at this freegan restaurant really is rubbish

April 8th - via:
FANCY a bite at the dumpster diver cafe? This new underground restaurant in the US will feature food found in rubbish bins. The Gleaners Kitchen in Somerville Massachusetts is the creation of Tufts University student Maximus Thaler. He calls it an "underground restaurant and grocery store". (Read More)

Cafe plans to serve food from dumpster (video)

April 8th - via:
The Gleaners' Kitchen is an underground restaurant and grocery store in Somerville, Massachusetts, which is the creation of Tufts University student Maximum Thaler, KNTV reports. (Read More)

New Stretch Goal: $3500

April 6th - via:
We reached our last stretch goal in 7 days! incredimazing! Here is a new video with an update on the construction process of Dr. Deesnuts, as well as an introduction to our newest stretch goal to get a chest freezer and new kitchen appliances. If you... (Read More)

Interview on Heritage Radio Network

April 6th - via:
Here is a link to the radio show called Food Starter   (Read More)

The Gleaners' Kitchen has been featured in Time Magazine!

April 3rd - via: also, the Say No to Food Waste Blog Also also, check out... (Read More)

Dumpster Diver Café? ‘Underground Restaurant’ to Feature Discarded Foods – And No Prices

April 3rd - via:
The practice of "dumpster diving" has been featured in reality TV shows and parodied on "Portlandia." This summer, foods salvaged from supermarket dumpsters will play a central role in a very unusual Boston-area café. (Read More)

We've made it to Italy!

April 2nd - via: (Read More)

The Gleaners' Kitchen has been featured on

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We've Made it to Russia!

April 1st - via:
Check it out, Russian news website ridus posted an article about The Gleaners Kitchen (google translate is helpful here)   (Read More)

Tufts University Student Maximus Thaler, Wants To Open Cafe That Serves Discarded Food For Free

Turkey meatballs, organic Greek yogurt, fair trade coffee. It sounds like the makings of a persnickety shopper’s grocery list. But it’s just one batch of fresh food that Maximus Thaler retrieved from a dumpster outside of a Massachusetts supermarket. (Read More)

New Stretch Goal: $2500

March 30th - via:
Hi all! This is a special update, a big Thank You to the 49 of you that donated and helped us to reach our goal so quickly. Thank You THANKYOU!!!  We're going to keep fundraising for the next two and a half weeks. Our next goal is to build a bike... (Read More)

A Silly Gleaners' Kitchen Limerick on Wait Wait Dont Tell Me!

March 30th - via:
We were on Wait Wait Dont Tell Me! National Radio = Pretty Cool  (Read More)

Dumpster Divers Raise Funds for Restaurant

March 30th - via:
Most restaurants get their ingredients from a distributor truck, but at least one is looking to get everything it needs from what others have thrown away. A Tufts University student in Cambridge, Mass., used the Internet to raise funds for a restaurant space from which to prepare and serve the food he and his associates find in local dumpsters. (Read More)


March 29th - via:

The Gleaners' Kitchen has been featured in The Huffington Post!

March 29th - via: (Read More)

Senior’s initiative brings food from dumpster to dinner table

March 29th - via:
When Maximus Thaler finds a carton of eggs or a loaf of bread while dumpster diving, he doesn’t toss it back — he brings it home to cook with. Thaler, a senior, is in the process of launching The Gleaners’ Kitchen, an initiative that will offer community members free meals prepared from food that is obtained from “dumpster diving” at local grocery stores. (Read More)

Tufts 'dumpster diver' looks to open cafe to serve discarded food

March 26th - via:
A Tufts University student that searches dumpsters behind grocery stores and makes meals with what he finds wants to make his future Somerville apartment into a 24-hour cafe and serve the food for free. (Read More)

The Downsized Life

March 25th - via:
The idea of eating food from a dumpster might be a turn off to some, but Tufts University student Maximus Thaler is challenging the way we think of waste by doing just that. Thaler and his friends go dumpster diving at grocery stores and glean food that is past the expiration date, but still safe to eat. In a single night, Thaler said he can find up to thousands of dollars of useable food. Thaler is raising money to open a freegan cafe in Somerville called The Gleaners' Kitchen that would offer free food to patrons and operate under the concept of turning "waste into wealth". (Read More)

Freegan Food: Tufts Student is Serving Up Grub from the Dumpster

March 20th - via:
Maximus Thaler has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open a kitchen where he will cook and serve "freegan" food pulled from local dumpsters. (Read More)

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