Tallahassee group delivers free groceries to those in need
[Aug. 24, 2020: Joseph Shavit]
The Tallahassee non-profit "Food not Bombs" is helping keep people in need of resources fed through coronavirus concerns.
They held their second free meal distribution during the pandemic Sunday at Carter Howell Strong Park.
They offered both hot meals and grab bags filled with fresh fruits and veggies.
The group uses social media to connect to Tallahasseans actively looking for help getting food or other necessities. “It’s just about food solidarity. We don’t call it charity we just think everyone deserves to eat, no questions ask,” said Geoff Perkins.
Perkins says he wants to reach as many people in the community as he can and hates to see others go without their needs.
“The idea of people being in my neighborhood not eating, honestly, that just depresses me and I don’t want that,” exclaimed Perkins. “So anyway that I can help and anyway my friends can help, you know, I think it just makes us all happy that we’re trying our best.”
The group is asking for a helping hand to reach every person that doesn’t have access to everyday resources. The say they will continue to have food shares as well as other events in the coming weeks.
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Food Not Bombs is gaining momentum throughout the world. There are hundreds of autonomous chapters sharing free vegetarian food with hungry people and protesting war and poverty. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic all volunteer grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. For over 30 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth and its beings.
The first group was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to nonviolent social change. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegan and vegetarian meals that are served in outside in public spaces to anyone without restriction. Many Food Not Bombs groups also share groceries and organize other efforts to support their communities. Each independent group also serves free meals at protests and other events.
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