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Feeding those in need

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | March 16th, 2009

One of the fastest revolutionary movements is rapidly spreading its way through London.

Food Not Bombs (FNB) is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to social change in a non-violent way.

Food that may otherwise be thrown away is gathered by a group belonging to the FNB organization and made into healthy vegetarian meals that are served to those less fortunate.

Complimentary meals are served daily in and around the city of London, but some facilities are becoming increasingly harder to get to for some individuals.

“In the city of London, free food is being fed to the less fortunate almost everyday but the only downfall is that the kitchens are set up all over the city and not many (people) have a way to get to them everyday,” said Anastasia Oborotova, Fanshawe photography student and member of the Social Justice Club at Fanshawe College.

“The location for FNB takes place in downtown and is close for many to walk to,” she explained. “We gather donated food at London info shop - Empowerment Resource Centre, cook it, and transfer it to the E.V.A.C. for serving. Serving is usually from 5pm till 10pm.”

Oborotova mentioned the volunteers see people who have not eaten in days prior to receiving a meal from them.

“The menu is vegetarian and very healthy,” Oborotova said. “We sit and hang out with the people who come, listen to their stories, and just have conversations with them. The day goes by very fast and the company is always pleasant. Everyone is welcome.”

At present there are approximately 175 FNB organizations from around the world that share the same values protesting war and poverty.

The Covent Market, Western Fairgrounds, Gibraltar Trade Centre, Superstore and the Old East Coffee Shop provide the food, which is gathered for the less fortunate by volunteers.

The servings happen bi-weekly at E.V.A.C. at 757 Dundas St. between 5pm and 10pm.

For more information on how you can become a volunteer and contribute to a great cause please email any questions you may have to Anastasia Oborotova at
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