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Food Not Bombs is a loose-knit collective of independent and autonomous chapters that seeks to end hunger in our communities and beyond through direct action. The movement aims to reduce food waste by utilizing the excesses of our globalized industrial system of production (e.g. excess from grocery stores or farmer's markets) to cook high quality and accessible meals for houseless folks. Many chapters achieve this accessibility by providing vegetarian and/or vegan meals, while others practice freeganism. Some chapters have permanent locations where you can always get a meal, some host regular picnics or events, while others do regular distributions. With no formal leadership structure, the organization of chapters can vary widely based on availability of volunteers, resources, or other constraints.
We hope this wiki can be used to share learned knowledge from chapters around the world on a variety of topics related to organizing Food Not Bombs (or similar organizations') chapters including:
- guides on how to best preserve, utilize, and process fresh produce items;
- recipes geared towards cooking for large groups of people;
- localized information on chapters in different areas; and
- guides on related efforts like libraries of things, community gardens, composting, dumpster diving, zine-making, handwashing stations, etc.
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Other communities and sites
- Big Door Brigade: A group of organizers from Seattle came together to make this website to compile all of the mutual aid resources they've come across while organizing. The site has become vital (especially since Covid19 happened) for finding resources for discovering resources for a variety of mutual aid projects including bail funds, childcare, cop watching, and much more.
- Freegan.info: This website is a hub for freeganism and dumpster diving tips, tricks, skills, resources, etc.
- Seasonal Food Guide: Has information on when produce is in season for any state in the US. Based on USDA data. Should vary based on use of technologies like greenhouses and local impacts of climate change.
- Open Source Ecology: They are developing open-sourced industrial machines. Their Global Village Construction Set is attempting to create open-source blueprints for tractors, 3D printers, a CEB press, and many more. Also worth checking out is Precious Plastic which is creating open source machines for recycling different types of plastic to create furniture, bricks, art, and basically anything you can think of. Other relevant groups making open source technologies: FarmBot
- On that note there's also a whole world of people working on open-sourcing important medicines, even showing people how to make them at home safely sometimes. A great resource for this is Riot Medicine Groups include: Four Thieves Vinegar Collective is mainly working on a DIY epinephrine autoinjector that can be built for under $30 and an open-source lab injector and bioreactor;.
- Community Justice Exchange: They have a directory of bail funds across the US.
- If you're interested in working on stuff like Buy Nothing clubs, sites dedicated to sharing free stuff might be worth checking out: FreeCycle, Freegle (uk only rn), streetbank, trash nothing (which kinda aggregates a lot of other sites), Reuse it!
- If your garden is giving you more than you know what to do with or you want to find people with gardens like that, you might want to find a local Wikipedia:Gleaning gleaning org like LA Fruit Share or Village Harvest. The National Gleaning Project has a map of local gleaning organizations.
- Leftist tech groups might help with digital aspects of organizing. They can provide free hosting, encrypted communication solutions, and general advice: autistici.org, riseup.net, disroot.org.
- Other battles that are tangently related: banfacialrecognition.com, repair.org
- Mutual Aid Wiki: More of an editable crowd-sourced map than a wiki. A great resource for finding local mutual aid groups to volunteer or coordinate with. Mutual Aid Hub is a parallel effort. They have some MAW doesn't have and are missing some MAW does have so it might be worth it to check with both.
- Falling Fruit: Map the urban harvest! This website is a crowd-sourced mapping tool to share tips for urban foragers, freegans, and dumpster divers. These spots include fruit trees, dumpster diving spots.
- Food Not Bombs: The main Food Not Bombs website has a map of chapters throughout the world. It'd also be worth checking out the maps for similar groups like the Buy Nothing Project.
- Dual Power Map: The Black Socialist of America has a project called the Dual Power Map in which they try to map all co-ops, credit unions, and other institutions useful for building dual power.
- Ecobasa: Is a platform to connect different communities centered around principles of gift economy. The communities vary widely from organic coops to those centered around radical politics. Most seem to be in Europe though. To find communities in North America, I'd suggest ic.org. Perhaps a more tightly scoped version of these is the Federation of Egalitarian Communities
- Foundation for Intentional Community: Provides a directory for all sorts of intentional communities from housing coops to ecovillages to communes. Their search feature is really detailed, allowing people to filter by location, dietary practices, religious practices, how much of their own food they produce, income sharing, drug use, decision making methods, and much much more.
- Local Harvest: A hub to find local farms, CSAs, farmer's markets, and more. It also provides a large number of other useful tools for small farmers and consumers looking to buy local.
- Freeing Space: A map of any spaces that are not profit driven, non-state, democratically operated, and non-exclusive on grounds of authority. It seems most of the data is from squat.net which mostly has data on Europe and Brazil.
- Native Land: An incredibly well developed map tracking boundaries of indigenous groups. It's most well developed in Turtle Island, Abya Yala, and Australia but has some parts of Africa and North Eurasia filled out as well.
- Share Waste: Find a local composter to give your kitchen scraps to or post your own compost pile to get other people's scraps! A similar site called findacomposter also exists, but seems a little less developed.
- Freedge: Freedge is sorta the unofficial unifier of the various community fridge programs that have been popping up more and more across the world. Their site has a useful map to see if there's a nearby program you want to contribute to.
- Little Free Library: Their site helps you find a local little free library.
- /r/foodnotbombs: The Food Not Bombs subreddit.
- Permies: Permies is the most popular online community for permaculture and a great place to find other permaculture resources and knowledgeable people questions.
- /f/mutual_aid: Raddle is like a leftist alternative to Reddit. The /r/mutual_aid forum can often be a good resource and way to connect with others.
- lemmy.ml: Leftist Reddit alternative that's mostly tech-centric
- Activist Handbook: "The Wikipedia for activists"
- Appropedia: Appropedia is the site to develop and share collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology, original research and project information
- LocalWiki: A grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. Learn/write about your local government, the history of your neighborhoods, streets, social movements, noteworthy local figures, social services, schools, and more.
- iFixit: A community-contributed wiki dedicated to providing guides to fix commercial electronics and tools and thereby reducing the need for waste and increased consumption. They have guides for anything from phones to kitchen appliances to cars.
- Practical Plants: Basically a wiki version of the incredible PFAF (plants for a future) project. Also worth checking out the other (non-wiki) major forks of PFAF: Useful Tropical Plants and Useful Temperate Plants
- TrashWiki: The collaborative world wide guide of creating value from trash written for and by dumpster divers, freegans and others of such kind.
- NomadWiki: A wiki for nomads, started by some of the same community who brought you Trustroots, Hitchwiki, Trashwiki, Couchwiki, Sharewiki and more.
- HitchWiki: A guide to the hitchhiking world. Has good resources and knowledge for cheap travel.
- ShareWiki: A wiki about sharing (think food-cooperatives and bike-sharing projects).
The following are kinda incomplete but still worth sharing:
- VeganWiki: About many facets of veganism. Kinda incomplete.