Food Not Bombs is a worldwide movement that started in the US and has been around for over 30 years. It’s not popular with corporate companies (some even accused them of being terrorists!) What they do is create local groups where volunteers peacefully collect and cook up meals from local restaurants and shops, then distribute it for free at cooking stations in parks and public places. There’s no catch, and all the food is vegan, so good for everyone (bar some people with serious allergies).
Remember that some foods (like grapefruit and dark green leafy veggies) are not safe for certain medications (so check re these and allergies, before sharing). Use palm-oil-free vegan butter. Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (garlic, onion, leeks, chives, mushrooms, grapes, nuts, avocado, dried fruits, nutmeg, fresh dough, green potatoes/onions, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, jackfruit and xylitol). The 7 steps in their free handbook are as follows:
- Create a contact phone number, email or postal address.
- Put up flyers announcing the launch of a local chapter.
- Find a vehicle (borrow a van from a church or anyone nice!) Or raise funds to buy one. Some groups collect food by foot or bike.
- Find your food! Try local groceries and warehouses, farmer markets, bakeries or anyone that has leftover food that would otherwise go to waste. Also arrange where you’ll deliver unused food at the end of your shift (shelters, soup kitchens etc).
- Work out delivery foods and build relationships with those willing to let you have leftover food. Get your legal stuff in order, so you know laws, insurance, food hygiene etc.
- Recruit volunteers and set up!
- Cook and serve your meals in visible locations where people are likely to walk past your food and literature.