Food not Bombs is a vegetarian and vegan collective that serves free meals. Independent chapters exist all over the world and make their own decisions through consensus and are composed of volunteers. Food that would have otherwise gone to waste is donated by groceries and bakeries, local gardens or even through dumpster diving and then cooked into delicious meat-free meals. The group works nonviolently against poverty and war, giving food to anyone who is hungry.


Food not bombs was created in the 1890s by anti-nuclear activists, in response to growing military budgets while people lived in poverty. The message spread in the 1990s with the rise of the anti-globalization movement. Conferences were held across the United States and the group started to collaborate with other movements. Many food not bombs activists were highly involved in anti-war movements after the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.


Many food not bombs groups were natural fits within local occupy movements. They supplied food to many occupations, ran cooking workshops and organized with other working groups.


To find how to start your own chapter check out this guide!