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CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed "dumpster-diver" Rob Greenfield is riding his bicycle cross-country and stopping to eat from trash receptacles along the way.

"So, just like peeking in real quick, it looks like some perfectly good lemonade down there, and I'll go check it out," Greenfield said after bicycling up to a container behind a Lincoln Park grocery store, his latest target.

"I mean here is – there's nothing a cyclist likes more than peanut butter," he said.

He went on to pull out a container of lemonade.

"The flies don't bother you?" asked FOX's Tisha Lewis.

"No. Ooh, this is good stuff, pure squeezed juice. That's something that I'm definitely going to drink."

He's not homeless or hungry.

He's on a mission to raise awareness about a growing problem nationwide.

"I want to draw attention to the food waste issue and, to me, this is like an easy way to do it," he said.

He went on to add, "All of this perfectly good food is in the dumpsters, and I want this food to be given to people who are hungry."

Chicago resident Mary Maloney said, "They don't want to feel liable for getting their patrons sick. So, I can kind of understand why they would rather be safe than sorry."

But even the average American wastes plenty.

The Department of Agriculture says $165 billion worth of food is tossed by households, grocery stores and restaurants.

Greenfield also spent the day in Englewood and says there's a stark difference when dumpster-diving in poverty-stricken areas.

"What you find in the lower-income areas is they actually lock all of the dumpsters," Greenfield said.

The city says that's to prevent theft of the actual dumpster.

Greenfield also says residential dumpster-diving is risky.

"That's usually like half-eaten foods and things that are older," he said.

On its website, the Chicago Chapter of Freegan lists dumpsters with good track records of containing seemingly consumable food. Every year up to 40 percent is thrown away.

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