Food Not Bombs is a ‘franchise activism’ movement, aiming to highlight the issues of world hunger, food waste, and military and arms over-budgeting.
The mission of Food Not Bombs is to recover and shares free vegan or vegetarian food with the public without restriction to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each of our over 1,000 groups is independent making decisions using the consensus process. Food Not Bombs is also dedicated to taking nonviolent direct action to change society so no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen expressing a commitment to the fact that food is a right and not a privilege. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?
The Southampton branch of Food Not Bombs shares food the first Saturday of every month. As well as this, they provide edible support for other community/justice-seeking events. The food is gathered by volunteers, and is all products that would otherwise be thrown away. The group then cook up vegan meals, which are shared for free on the streets. They create an open, colourful space, displaying banners and providing literature to interested people. Food Not Bombs Southampton aims to not only show how much food is needlessly wasted and to eliminate some of this waste… but also to directly oppose spending death – not life. If money weren’t spent on military and arms in the face of world hunger, suitable logistics could be put in place to prioritize food, shelter, education, health care and social services.
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