Current Volunteers Roles
- Constructing meeting space, communal kitchen, free pantries, shelters for fridges
- Fridge repair, bike repair
- Set up tool library
- Repair clinics at tabling events?
- Food collection, stock rotation of pantries/fridges
- Cooking, cleaning food and dishes
- Distro – Mobile van, Table, Fridges, Shelters, Solidarity
- Internet sourcing and pick up of pantries/fridges
- Installing, stocking, and cleaning pantries/fridges
- Sourcing soil, amendments, compost, etc
- Sourcing tools and bikes
- Installing gardens where needed
- Garden planting and maintenance in spring
- Painting fridges, pantries, bikes, garden beds
- Creating banners, flyers and pamphlets
***NOTE: If you want to get involved in Food Not Bombs, you DO NOT need to join our secure comms, you can contribute by sharing your excess resources, sharing our posts, picking up food and dropping it to a community fridge, volunteering with the Community Fridge Brigade, showing up at an event to support us and eat, etc. These activities and others can be managed over social media. If you want to help organize behind the scenes, it will mean making decisions together as to when and where to pick up food, where to store it, cooking it, and coming together to table it in a visible place where the need is greatest. This will require some way to coordinate with us. Security concerns prohibit us from organizing on social media and therefore you will have to join our secure comms channels. Our hope is to make this as accessible as possible to allow for anyone with any tech skills can join. We are also looking at software that will allow those with phones only to call in to any group meetings we have. Semi-frequent in person meetings will also need to happen since we realize there are plenty of those without so much as a phone. We are working towards these goals and many more, and hope to have your help in this effort.
A List from National on Ways that Anyone Can Volunteer
- Visit local groceries, bakeries and markets to schedule the recovery of their surplus food.
- Recover unsold food from grocery stores, bakeries, produce markets, food producers and farms.
- Deliver surplus produce and bake goods to local shelters and food programs.
- Clean, cut and cook the recovered produce, grains and other ingredient to make vegan meals to share on the streets and at protests.
- Collect cooking and serving equipment or other supplies to help your local Food Not Bombs group.
- Help set up the food, literature and banner at the meals.
- Help share the prepared food at the meals.
- Wash the plates, silverware, pots, pans, cooking equipment and the kitchen where the meals were prepared.
- Make sure your meal location is clean and free of litter.
- Help load and unload your food deliveries.
- Write, illustrate, design and print flyers about the work your local Food Not Bombs is supporting.
- Staff the literature distro at the regular Food Not Bombs meals.
- Design and paint banners and signs to display at your meals.
- Post flyers at cafes, book stores, schools, laundry mats, libraries, groceries, bakeries, music shops and any place people will read and enjoy them.
- Organize a benefit concert or other event to bring awareness to your local Food Not Bombs group.
- Respond to emails, phone calls and other communications to your local Food Not Bombs group and share all communications with everyone in your chapter.
- Build bike carts to help collect and deliver the food, dishes. literature and banners.
- Book a venue for the regular meeting.
- Help develop the agenda for the next meeting.
- Post a Facebook for your chapter or design a website to list the day, time and location of your meals and contact information.
- Organize music, puppet shows or other cultural events at your regular meals.
- Participate in the meetings of other organizations, unions or other activist groups to find out how your chapter can offer support.
- Help organize a Really Really Free Market, Food Not Lawns community garden, seed bank, Bikes Not Bombs repair day, Homes Not Jails housing take over or other project and produce a flyer to promote the project at your regular meal.
- Organize a movie night, concert, play, puppet show or other events to introduce more people to the work of your Food Not Bombs group.
- Write letters to our political prisoners. Visit www.greenisthenewred.com to learn more and find their addresses.
- Help organize a protest, occupation or other action.
- Make sprouts and bring them to the meal.
- Make a solar oven to bake bread at the regular meals.
- Walk around the area before your meal and invite people to join you. You can hand out a quarter page flyer to each person with the day, time and location of your meal. This will help you share food with more people.
- Organize a presentation by Food Not Bombs cofounder Keith McHenry at your local college, bookstore, cafe or community center.