Lancaster Food not Bombs uses food through donations and a few purchases made with monetary donations.
Two places you can help out any time:
1) Food not Bombs Picnics are every week on Monday, at Lancaster Square (across from Binn’s Park) from 11am till about 2pm there is food and drink available for anyone who is hungry.
2) Help with prepping and cooking food is useful on the Sunday night before the picnic.
The other way to join in our efforts to share food with people is to pick-up/transport donations that we receive from various sources in the area. An automobile is not required, but obviously helpful for further distances. Read on for more information:
Anyone can join us and become involved in capacity they can with the Lancaster group, and it only gets better and more fun with more folks! Our group of volunteers has folks of all ages, from high school-aged to seniors, and we live in various parts of the city . We are high school and university students, full-time workers, local residents, and much more. We are involved in other community organizations throughout the area as well. We are always looking for new friends and we hope to see new folks either e-mail or visit us at an upcoming picnic! We understand some people are uncomfortable coming into an environment with lots of new people they probably don’t know, so an easy suggestion would be to bring along one of your own friends so that you have a familiar face for the first experience or two (and who knows! maybe’ they’ll stick around too!).
If you cannot afford the time to help with cooking/donation pickups/picnics/cleanups, we always greatly appreciate donations. See the below list of items. Also, one of the easiest things that you can do for the group is to tell all your friends – whether they are in need or have resources available.
If you work at or run a local store (or any place that sells food) that you know has a lot of food going to waste and would like to donate it to us, we would be happy to set up some sort of arrangement. Contact us for more information.
We gratefully accept donations of any vegan food, but of course always prefer healthier and organic foods when possible. Foods that are canned or have a long shelf life will be crucial for the winter. Some of the specific items we expect to need include:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables of any kind
- Cooking oil, especially olive oil (we use a lot of this!)
- Vegan soup stocks
- Vegan/vegetarian canned food, especially tomatoes and other soup/stew friendly foods
- Pasta (any kind)
- Beans (any kind)
- Condiments such as ketchup, garlic, hot sauce, mustard, mixed seasoning (Italian seasoning, etc)
- Salad Dressing (preferably non-cream dressing)
- We’ll also take foods that have recently past their “sell by dates” or that have blemishes. Often times stores will throw out these items because they don’t meet their personal standards for selling, however these products are usually perfectly healthy and delicious.
Our Wish List of Some Non-food Items That We Need Include:
- Stainless steel pots
- Milk crates
- Dish soap
- Dish gloves
- Food service gloves
- Reusable plastic plates, bowls, forks, spoons and dishes
- Disposable plates, dishes and plastic ware
- A drying rack
- We would also like to acquire a bike cart by donation, trade or purchase. If you have or know of one that could be used for Food Not Bombs we would love to hear about it!
We always need volunteers for the following:
- Cooking on Sunday evenings – slicing, dicing, chopping, dicing, stirring, mixing, blending… whatever you like!
- Setting up before, facilitating during, and cleaning up after the Monday meals
- Picking up donations from local markets and elsewhere
- Creating various merchandise to sell for fund-raising (T-shirts, buttons, patches, stickers, etc)
If you are interested in donating or getting involved the best thing to do is stop by a picnic. If you cannot make the picnic, send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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