30 Bananas a Day!

What do you do when you're out of fruit and you've got no money?

That's what I'm up against right now. I've been looking for a job but as of right now I've been SOL, used up all the bananas yesterday and probably still only got in about 1500 calories. Ate my last mango today and just had some celery...I feel too invested in this raw thing to give into any cooked food (makes me feel even worse)... it seems like it would be easier to fast till I manage to get my hands on more bananas or something. 

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is that good for us? I mean, does our bodie want to deal with all the bacteria in there? Plus, wouldn't the life of that fruit be very low?



You might try hooking up with the Phoenix or Glendale Food Not Bombs chapters. Help them cook a meal and you'll likely have the chance to rummage through lots of boxes of free produce.

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get a job Harrison, very bad advice!...."retail theft" will get you locked up in Certain states, no pity on anyone doing that.  The authorities have no mercy.  Of  course when you are locked up....you definitely won't starve then Harrison......jail grub.  Maybe you can request a special menu...NOT!! 

I agree with the plain rice. I've had to do this for the last few weeks mixed in with apples and dates as that's literally ALL i have and can get until this tuesday....

Erm... well... if it were me I would either just buy cheap fruit (like bananas...) or other dense cheap carb sources like sweet potatoes maybe? I dunno really...


I mean ALL food costs money, or do you mean you've got enough for the really cheap "junk" foods at the supermarket but not for fruit?


Starchy tubers are probably second best after fruit for carbs... then followed by... rice I guess...

Yes, Food stamps. It is easier to apply than you think. Go online to apply, if you are a student, don't say that you are when you fill out the form, if they ask you during your interview, tell the truth and they will probably still approve you but for the form, for some reason they deny you initially.  I heard about sumpster diving. Is whole foods a good place to do that for fruit? I heard that if you go at the end of the day it is mainly groceries, not like a bunch of garbage mixed in with edibles. If it is not gross, that would be worth checking out.

I have a friend that dumpster dives at whole foods and its mostly bread and bakery items. In Canada... wholefoods gives any old produce to local food charities...

rice and/or potatoes

not necessarily. in many peoples' opinions it's better to stay carbed up than raw. for example, if i was starving and i could choose between cooked potatoes and bread or high fat nuts, i'd go with the potatoes/bread/rice as long as it's vegan. 

The average person would be amazed at the quality of food they disguard in dumpsters. Often they throw out fruit and veg for no better reasons than they have a new shipment and have to make room, minor blemishes, one piece of fruit in a bag or package rotten in spite of all others perfectly fine, fruit considered over ripe but often at their optimum sweetness. 

One of the supermarkets in Australia has a discount hour (which you have work out) where you can fill up your bag with fruit and veggies which are 'seconds' for $2 a bag. You have a choice so most of it is of very good quality.

Get familiar with your local supermarkets, fruit and veg sellers etc., and keep you eyes peeled. With time you will discover patterns of behaviour. They may have a 'loss leader' meaning one or two items will be very cheap. Ripe bananas are often heavily discounted. For instance for years I used to buy a $3 box of ripe bananas from a local F&V vendor with anywhere from 6kg to 10kg in a box. I hardly every needed to throw out any bananas. The softer bananas went into smoothies and if I had too many ripe bananas at once I froze them.

When you see bargins on fruits and veg that you commonly use stock up. If you are not working and have time on your hands you are able to shop around, foraging and even dumpster dive.


I have many fond memory of obtaining fruit and veg for free or at a heavy discount.


I second the dumpster diving. I once lived in a house of vegans and we ate entirely for free. We went dumpster diving every night at the health food store and local grocers. They throw out loads of perfectly good produce often just to find room for new shipments.



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