This weekend we will be tabling food at Bunkhouse Acres – a local farm ran by a person who said they were willing to help the cause but only after they got all their garlic planted for next year. To that we said, “Then let us help you plant that garlic!”. So we will have some tasty vegan food available, some literature to share, and 500 pounds of garlic to plant. We are really excited to help this local farm out as they are doing some amazing work around food access with a significant number of their upcoming CSA shares being donated to disadvantaged populations. Come by and help us split some garlic cloves and lay them in the soil so we can all enjoy some delicious garlic come next year. We will be out Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 3PM. The address is not being made public this time so you will have to get in touch with us or reach out to Chehalis River Mutual Aid Network to get the location details. This will be a great opportunity to talk further about our various projects with other people from the region who may interested in lending some form of assistance.
Report Back from 10/25:
We’ve got a banner!
Two banners actually! Thank you to all those who created these, they are beautiful. With these banners we can now let folks know that we aren’t some other charity simply out to feed hungry people, but we are mutual participants in an effort to END HUNGER FOR EVERYONE. Thus the saying –
“SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY”
We have just about run out of things to do at the garden for the season. Winter cover crops have been planted, compost added, beds cleared, etc. This means that we are in need of a physical meeting space going forward. Luck for us, one volunteer has offered the use of their land. We will be coordinating a few more work parties upcoming to build an outdoor meeting space, outdoor kitchen, some food pantries, and fridge shelters.
We have begun reaching out to local businesses to see who would like to donate produce. We will be going forward with a decentralized model until we get a socially safe physical space set up to work from. This means we will be taking care of volunteer fridges, this can be your own, or you can sign up for one through our community fridge program (coming soon) and we will install one and maintain it for you. We will also be spreading out the cooking/cleaning in a similar way by cooking dishes in our own homes and bringing together things potluck style. As far as distribution, we are looking into mobile van options as well as the traditional weekly table event, we will probably go mobile until we can talk with the community and determine the best time/place for a table.
During our meeting we discussed moving forward on the free pantry project and the community fridges. We have multiple volunteers ready and able to pick up any free or cheap fridges in the area for redistribution to those wanting them and able to donate access to an outlet. We are also looking at developing a model for a free pantry (possibly multiple sizes) to be constructed and installed where needed. These may both develop into their own projects at some point. ANYONE can assist here by scouring the internet for free or cheap listings of fridges, or cabinet-type furniture that could work as a pantry, if you find any please let us know! Also let us know if you want to host either a fridge or pantry! We will help you keep them stocked, maintained, cleaned, and well-used. All you need is a space with easy public access and, in the case of the fridges, an outlet to donate.
We also talked about the idea of starting a Food Not Lawns style garden crew to install, maintain, plant, and harvest gardens throughout to region wherever someone has land to farm but no ability to do so. The harvest would benefit both the people hosting the garden as well as Food Not Bombs efforts to bring food sovereignty to the region. For this we will need access to some tools (tool library anyone?) and most importantly – SOIL. If anyone would like to donate, share, or let us borrow any garden/building related tools OR has leads on local businesses that might help us with some soil…let us know. We would love to use this winter season to get a bunch of gardens ready for planting come spring.
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Running Needs List:
- Volunteers (See Below)
- Food Donations (fresh or shelf-stable)
- PPE, Toiletries, warm clothes, feminine products, etc
- Fridges (free or cheap)
- Pantries (built or found)
- Hosts for fridges, pantries, gardens
- Soil, amendments, etc
- Building materials
- Tools of all kinds
- Art supplies
- 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
***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.