With hunger growing in our community all groceries, bakeries, produce markets that discard food should make arraignments for this food to be recovered by local programs providing meals and groceries to the hungry. In the past few years most national grocery chains have started to crush edible food that could be provided to organizations feeding the hungry. Studies show that over 40 % of all food produced for the United Sates is discarded. This is over $100 billion worth of food that could be shared with the growing legions of America's hungry. At the same time over 50 million Americans live in extreme poverty U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 14.5 percent of American households suffered from food insecurity in 2010. Grocery chains claim falsely that they face liability if someone were to be made ill but this is not the case. President Bill Clinton signed the The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act into law on October 1, 1996.The amount of food crushed by national groceries could end hunger in our community.
Americans Toss Out 40 Percent of All Food by Robert Roy Britt
Americans are tossing $100 billion of food a year
FOOD SAFETY FOR FOOD NOT BOMBS
Our food is always vegan or vegetarian and is one reason our food is safe and that no one has been made ill eating with Food Not Bombs. If meat or dairy is included in the food you recover you can donate it to a food program that does provide meat and dairy. Many people that want to contribute to Food Not Bombs are not informed about our principle of only sharing plant based foods.
SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY - REMEMBER -
LITERATURE AND A BANNER AT EVERY MEAL
We encourage all Food Not Bombs groups to have a stack of these flyers on their literature table at every meal. This is very important to do if your chapter is in the United States where the governmnet has taken measures to reduce our meals to just another charity.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN ACT - You can give this flyer published by Second Harvest to grocery and bakery staff to show they are protected from liability.
FLYERS TO SHARE AT YOUR MEALS AND EVENTS
THE FOOD NOT BOMBS
"Hungry For Peace -How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs"
| THE FOOD NOT BOMBS STARTUP KIT
Everything you need to start a local Food Not Bombs group in your community. A full color banner, on copy of the 180 page Food Not Bombs handbook, a DVD, flyers you can reprint and buttons. Everything you need to start a group.
| THE FOOD NOT BOMBS HANDBOOK Hungry For
This 180 page book shows you how to cook vegan meals for 100 people and has detailed information about starting a Food Not Bombs group.
| FLYERS AND IMAGES TO
Flyers, graphics, logos, and photos you can use to help you start your Food Not Bombs group. Please use any of these images on posters, flyers or on your new website.
| POST THIS FLYER ALL
OVER TOWN |
You can start a Food Not Bombs group in you community buy making copies of this flyer, add your phone number and post it all over town in cafes, bookstores, schools, and store windows.
| FOOD NOT BOMBS
It can be helpful to raise money and awareness to have Food Not Bombs buttons, stickers and other materials on your table at events and concerts. Our office provides these materials at half price to Food Not Bombs chapters. You will attract more volunteers and support in your community when people see the Food Not Bombs image all over town.
|CONTACT A FOOD NOT
BOMBS GROUP NEAR YOU |
Before you start a group see if one is already active in your community. If you do find a group in your town try work with them. Sometimes the contact information is old and the group has stopped so if you find this has happened then let us know and start a new chapter. You can also invite a Food Not Bombs group near your community to help you get started. When you get your group going please email us the correct contact information and the times, days and locatons of where you share food.
| FOOD NOT BOMBS
One great way to help start a Food Not Bombs group is to invite the co-founder Keith McHenry to speak to your community. Student activity centers at colleges and universities will provide funding for a presentation by Keith, helping with transportation and an honorarium. You can learn more about Keith and listen to his presentations here
|YOUR LITERATURE AND
FOOD TABLE |
Your Food Not Bombs group can have real impact when you include literature and a banner at every meal. If you set up your table at a location that is busy with a diversity of people at a time when lots of pedestrians walk by you will be able to attract more volunteers and discover new food sourses. You can also meet people who would have never known about the issues we are working on. Many Food Not Bombs tables are considered the place to visit for iinfromation, community as well as great food. This page shows you how you can have a more effective Food Not Bombs table.