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Food Not Bombs is an entirely volunteer run group that serves free vegetarian and vegan food to the community every week. The meals are cooked using surplus food that is donated to FNB from grocery stores, bakeries, and markets. FNB believes that food is a right, not a privilege.
All are welcome at the Saturday servings!
Cooking 11:00 a.m. @ the Working Centre
Serving 1:30 p.m. @ Kitchener City Hall
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Information/tasks for the serve day:
First off, get on the mailing list! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list. This is how we organize every serving and you’ll be sent a link to our sign-up spreadsheet. On our sign-up spreadsheet, you’ll find a list of tasks that you can volunteer for. They are described briefly below:
Keys: Pick up the keys to the Working Centre from WPIRG office sometime during the week and unlock door at the Working Centre.
11:00 a.m. Drive From Central: Pick up produce and drive to the Working Centre. Central Fresh is an independent grocery store, at 760 King St. W., that donates slightly less than fresh produce that otherwise would be thrown in the garbage. This job requires picking up the produce around 11am and bringing it to the Working Centre at 11:30 am and thus requires a vehicle.
11:30 a.m. Cooking: The soup needs to be cooked by us and brought to the serving. It is made from the produce from Central Fresh, occasionally with additions from our own supplies. There are other things like oil, spices, etc. there as well. We usually make two large soups and some kind of dessert – there are no recipes or directions for this, just use your creativity with whatever vegetables we were given.
1:15 p.m. Drive to City Hall: Transporting the cooked food as well as the produce the Kitchener City Hall. Bring the soups and leftover produce over to city hall, where we serve and distribute them. This requires a car, although it doesn’t have to be a large one- stuff can generally be made to fit or two trips can be made.
1:30 p.m. Serving : This happens at Kitchener City Hall. There is an outdoor storage locker where we keep all our tables and heating elements- the servers help to set these up and then dish out the food to anyone who wants some. You might also assist with distributing the leftover produce and do some emergency dishes (if we run out).
2:00 p.m. Grainharvest: Pick up bread from the Waterloo Grainharvest store. You need to call them ahead of time and if the serving is cancelled. Once you have the bread, drop it off at the serving at City Hall and you’re done.
3:15 p.m. Drive from (to City Hall / house of friendship): Drop the leftover soup at the House of Friendship Men’s Hostel. Take the dirty dishes, pots, etc. to the Working Centre, where other volunteers will be ready to tidy up.
3:30 p.m. Clean Up: This is just the general end of the day clean up, washing dishes and pots and putting everything back where it belongs. Show up at the Working Centre at around 3:30; it usually takes about an hour.