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Finally, after a long time an article about what we do has made it to the Lancaster newspaper! Check out the the link for the full story if you haven’t already!

Food not Bombs continues to serve community despite fallout

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The People’s Caravan, with a group starting from Philadelphia will be traveling across the state making stops in different towns between Sept 21 and 22nd to learn about local struggles due to the global economic situation. Their final stop is Pittsburgh, where the G-20 is set to meet to discuss the global economic situation. On Monday the 21st, they will be making a stop in Lancaster to learn more about struggles in the area.

What is the G-20?

The G-20 summit is a gathering of financial ministers and heads of states of the 20 richest countries in the world. They are meeting in Pittsburgh, September 24-25 to advance their agenda: cutting essential social services; privatizing schools, healthcare, and social security, promoting “free-trade,” which cuts labor and environmental standards across the globe and places corporate profit above human needs. They are meeting to rebuild the world’s economies- in a way that keeps them on top.

Pittsburgh’s history of economic decline is why it was chosen to host the G-20. It will be promoted as an example of how to rebuild an economy. They’ve done this by bringing in companies that provide low wage jobs while reaping large profit and rebuilding the region with little thought to community benefit. This is unfortunately a familiar story to not just Pennsylvania, but much of the country.

The Caravan

We want to take this opportunity to focus on Pennsylvania, and strengthen our statewide networks. We want to meet up with people who are organizing locally for their dignity and a better Pennsylvania. Whether you are working for better wages, organizing for childcare, demanding healthcare, fighting pollution, struggling to keep your home and put food on the table or to keep your family’s farm; we all have an interest in making our voices heard and working together to advance an agenda for economic human rights.

We will be taking our own vehicles, carpooling and splitting the travel costs. The caravan will depart Philadelphia on Monday morning, September 21, stopping in Lancaster, traveling to York for the afternoon, and then spend the evening in Harrisburg. On Tuesday, September 22, we will rally at the state capitol, make a stop in Altoona, and arrive in Pittsburgh for the G-20 summit.

*Volunteers of Lancaster Food not Bombs support the People’s Caravan and because they will be congregating in the Binns Park area, we will be providing food to Lancaster’s visitors in addition to our usual friends. Come out to learn more, share stories, and support all those involved. For more information about the People’s Caravan visit the website: G20Caravancaravanmap

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Poll Time!

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August 31st saw one of the best Monday picnics we’ve had since they started last May (2008)! We are back across the street from Binns Park, by the bus stop and it was one of the busiest and most attended picnics in recent weeks. We had a delicious vegetable and noodle soup that quickly disappeared before even cooling down, a few plates worth of PB & J sandwiches that everyone ate up, and dozens of cups of coffee and water that couldn’t be kept up with! Of course there was all the delicious pies, cookies, and assorted produce and it ALL was gone before 2pm, when we normally finish up. We also had a bunch of kids that were gobbling up celery with peanut butter, which seemed to be the favorite food of the day!

As always it was great to meet with friends for another picnic on another warm and sunny day, plus we met a lot more friendly folks who stopped by to share a bite with us or grab some bread or produce for their families at home. We also met some new folks who helped out for the first time and we hope to see in the future. It was one of the best times we’ve had, people were happy to have food, kids were merry, it was a beautiful day in every way.

Take care, enjoy the beautiful weather, and see you next Monday!

ps: pictures from this awesome day will be uploaded shortly!

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