Food Not Bombs is a loose-knit group of independent collectives across the world, serving free vegan and vegetarian food to others without restriction. Food Not Bombs’ ideology is that myriad corporate and government priorities are skewed to allow hunger to persist in the midst of abundance. To demonstrate this (and to reduce costs), a large amount of the food served by the group is surplus food from grocery stores, bakeries and markets that would otherwise go to waste.
Individuals involved with Lancaster Food not Bombs collect donations from local farmer’s markets, bakeries, and a few purchases are made possible through monetary donations. Each week we hold a picnic and we meet and feed a great number of Lancasterians. Every week we feature a vegetarian hot soup/stew or other similar concoction, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bags of bread, seasonal vegetables & fruits, and dessert goodies. We also have hot coffee most weeks, water, and sometimes tea or other fresh made beverage.
When the opportunity comes up and we’re available we show solidarity with event-organizers in various issues by participating in local rallies/protests and provide food for all participants. If you and your group are organizing an event, feel free to contact us if you would like us to help out.
During the winter months we are also making available winter clothing for those who are in need. Donated jackets, coats, gloves, and other winter clothing will be available for anyone in need to take.
Some of the folks involved with Food not Bombs are also part of the Really Really Free Market, where you can also drop off any unused clothing items or other goods. The Market is open the second Saturday of each month at Penn Square, find out more here.