So, most of you know that we donate our leftover shares and vegetables to Food Not Bombs. Ever wonder what happens after that? Well, board member and founder of the CSA Diana Liss and board member Karen Oh went to volunteer at Food Not Bombs to help them cook our leftovers and other donations and then serve them to the public at a local park.
Food Not Bombs is housed at 123 Community Space, a shared community space in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Currently located at 123 Tompkins Avenue, 123 Community Space has just been through a nasty eviction battle and will probably move in September. The space hosts four grassroots groups: A New World In Our Hearts, Freegan Bike Workshop, Misled Youth Network, and NYC Anarchist Black Cross and hosts a variety of community programs from free/low cost screenprinting workshops to bicycle repair to political prisoner letterwriting.
We showed up at around 1 p.m. and met with Sarah and Felix of the Brooklyn Food Not Bombs (FNB) who coordinate the cooking. All the meals are vegetarian and so Sarah planned to make two vegetable salads—cucumber and carrot salad and a cabbage salad, apple crisp, potatoes, and a eggplant, squash and rice saute. We met some other nice people who were volunteering (whose names I can not remember) and all got busy chopping, grating, pounding and slicing. The equipment that FNB has to work with is really not that great and they would appreciate any donations of kitchen equipment, especially decent knives, cutting boards, and serving bowls and utensils.
It was a really pleasant afternoon and when we were done prepping the meals, we drove and carried them over to the local park where some residents were already waiting. There we served the food, gave away a lot of fresh produce, cartons of juice and flowers that were also donated by organizations and businesses such as Ft. Greene CSA and Trader Joe’s and just enjoyed everyone’s company.
If you are interested in volunteering with Food Not Bombs, they cook at the 123 Community Space every saturday at 1 p.m. and serve at 3 p.m.