Its a particularly good focal point for anyone who is new to the area and wants to meet other people who live nearby, to get info on local groups and campaigns, and of course to EAT!
If anyone would like to bring down or donate food or bring campaign leaflets etc (AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT FROM A POLITICAL PARTY) please feel free! We are particulrly interested in any persons seeking asylum coming down with petitions and information about their case.
Also if anyone would like to help out with cooking or serving or has any food/equipment we could use that would be great!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07982 121423
Hope to see you Sunday.
Food Not Bombs Manchester collective.
More info about FNB.
Our aim is to work together to help publicise anti-deportation campaigns and asylum seeker defence and other social and environmental issues in the South and Central Manchester area while providing free food prepared by volunteers. Tied into ideas about food production and distribution, waste and recycling and critiques of consumerism, we want to make our activities focal points for the community, where people can come and volunteer, meet other local people, and eat healthy, nutritious food together (by the way, all our food will be completely vegan).
We are NOT affiliated with any religion, or any political party. We dont believe in the liberal doctrine of charity, and though we take the name Food Not Bombs we represent ourselves and ourselves only, no other FNB group shall speak for us or us for them. Food Not Bombs is a global nework of groups who aim to fulfil the dual functions of making hot, otherwise wasted food available to people in the local community while providing information about local campaigns for peace and social justice. Founded in America, the groups collect unwanted food from local shops to prepare and distibute to local people on their street based tables while giving out flyers and pamphlets about local campaigns. We aim to do a similar thing in Manchester but slightly more appropriate to our own context.
Western governments consistently choose to fund war undertaken by themselves in other countries and protect the arms trade that fuels conflicts in the developing world, rather than using these resources to fund social and anti-poverty measures in their home countries and aid and development (though this is a controversial concept) in the global South.
Within Manchester certain communities are ignored while the government ploughs resources into ongoing foreign conflicts. In particular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been heavily funded while those who flee from these countries to the UK are subjected to detention, substandard accommodation and threatened with destitution.
Food Not Bombs is an attempt to highlight these issues and a chance for local groups to publicise their activities while reallocating resources to be found within communities to those who may need them most.
As mentioned the name comes from the network of similar groups that are found predominantly in North America but also exist in other countries across the world. FNB groups in the States have been coming under severe repression, volunteers arrested and jailed, in recent times because their activities make visible those sections of society that the government wants to remain invisible and ignored.
The circumstances in the UK are slightly different, welfare and social security provision is stronger and there are substantially less rough sleepers and homeless immigrants, but the need for collective action over certain issues remains.