36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues.
NYC Anarchist Events
New York City Food Not Bombs Food Not Bombs–NYC is now working out of a kitchen provided by the Catholic Worker: 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues. Every Sunday they start cooking around 1:00pm and are in Tompkins Square Park to serve around 3:30pm. What is Food Not Bombs? Food Not Bombs (FNB) was founded in the early eighties as an outgrowth of the anti-nuclear movement. It is based on the notion that if resources were not misallocated on weapons of war and on perpetuating the existing system of individual greed, there would be plenty to meet everyone’s basic needs for food, housing, and health care. Food Not Bombs chapters around the world collect fresh food every week that would otherwise go to waste, because it’s no longer pretty enough to be sold. By doing so, FNB not only helps the people it feeds, but also brings to light the unjust priorities of a capitalist system that creates great wealth for some, and fails to provide sustenance for others. Food Not Bombs also strives to build community by bringing people together to share food and connect with one another. There is quite a handful of “regulars” in the park, who value our presence and talk to us about their lives. When the weather is nice, we can feed anywhere between 30-50 people. In the winter, especially when it’s snowing, we can feed anywhere from 1-5 people. Either way, we try to be as consistent as possible. Food Not Bombs operates on the anarchist belief that we must work to build alternative institutions now, at the grassroots level, to help create the just society we would like to live in. This is why Food Not Bombs is collectively run, non-hierarchical, and anti-authoritarian. All decisions, within each autonomous chapter, are made by consensus. No one is in charge. No one gives orders. Things simply get done because people see that something needs doing. Everyone who wants to volunteer is welcomed.