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You can help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Gustav

You can help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Gustav

Updated: Monday September 1, 2007

PLEASE HELP! As day breaks this momentous Labor Day, Hurricane Gustav threatens people across the Gulf, and is on track to slam Cajun Country and the Houma Nation west of New Orleans, one of the most culturally diverse places in the continent – where levees are largely nonexistent.

Food Not Bombs is planning to provide meals again for survivors. Please organize with your local Food Not Bombs group or your other local organizations. Help us collect food and supplies to help this year’s survivors. The U.S. Government and the American Red Cross were not able to deliver food to the survivors of Katrina, so Food Not Bombs set up kitchens in over 20 cities. Volunteers organized America’s largest food relief effort.

We will be providing help for the survivors of Hurricane Gustav just as we helped after Katrina. The American Red Cross, state emergency agencies, and FEMA asked everyone to call our toll free number for food relief. This is an emergency! When the storm passes through the gulf we will provide hot meals on a daily basis. We need volunteers, tools and food to help the people displaced by Hurricane Gustav. We need people to help us repair homes and cook meals for people surviving the hurricane. We also have a meeting place in New Orleans: the Common Grounds 9th Ward Center off the Claiborne Ave exit on I-10 at the corner of N. Claiborne and Pauline in the 9th Ward.

Read more at www.plenty.org

Travel along with Free Speech TV as they cover our grassroots effort

The American Red Cross will be sending Gustav survivors to Food Not Bombs. After Katrina we had many calls from people who tell us that the Red Cross gave them our toll free number. We have been able to help most of the people directed our way. You can help Food Not Bombs support the Hurricane Gustav survivors by making a donation.

Food Not Bombs groups all across the southern United States are feeding families displaced by Gustav. Help us get food and supplies past FEMA. We need clothes, cooking equipment, food, cooks and money to provide for thousands of hungry homeless people. We have no overhead, rent or salaries so every donation goes directly to helping people. Many affected by Hurricane Gustav are familiar with Food Not Bombs because we have been sharing free food in communities through the area for many years. Because we are independent we can take food and supplies to areas where no other agency can reach.

This disaster may last another year or more so we intend to continue setting up Food Not Bombs field kitchens throughout the region. Food Not Bombs is encouraging the refugees to participate in cooking, serving and collecting the food. Their participation may be one of the most therapeutic things we can provide. Tens of thousands of survivors were kicked out of their motel rooms. We believe that many of these people will be living outside homeless. Even if you can’t go to the disaster area we need lots of help in your community. The number of people we need to feed is growing all across America as people leave Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama looking for work and housing. We are sharing food every day in your community and all around the Gulf. Please call to see how you can help.

There are some things you can do that can help us respond effectively to this disaster.

    1. Organize a meeting this week – calling, emailing and posting flyers about the need for people to help and the day, time and location of the meeting.

    2. At the meeting organize groups to call for food donations, another group to call for propane stoves, tanks of gas, tables and cooking equipment. Ask another group to get more volunteers.

    3. Choose a time date and location of where your vehicles will gather to take the trip to the disaster area.

    4. Collect 25 and 50 pound bags of rice, beans, 25 and 50-pound bags of rice, beans, black-eyed peas, lentils and any other large amounts of dry goods, pasta or non perishable food. We can also use propane stoves, kitchen equipment, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other personal items.

    5. Stay in touch by emailing menu@foodnotbombs.net or calling 1-800-884-1136.

                             Volunteer to feed the hungry and help the survivors of Hurricane
               Gustav by contacting your local Food Not Bombs group or emailing us at:

Growing grain for fuel and meat: There’s something wrong with this picture.

While people around the world are fighting and dying for food, 

From rice in Peru to miso in Japan, food prices are rising

Famine, farm prices and aid:  Food for thought

A Hungry World

2008: The year of global food crisis

we in the U.S. are promoting the growing crops for ethanol to make alternative fuel

Flooding, Food Shortages, Ethanol Boondoggle Good News for Agriculture
The world food market – it doesn’t make sense
Paying for biofuels in your supermarket

Until there is no longer world hunger, we need to give up on that idea.  If we have to make biofuel, the best way is to use sources that have already been used (like used cooking grease).  The best alternative right now also is to have more walkable communities where folks live and work, more bicycles, and better mass transportation.

and are continuing to grow meat for food which exacerbates the hunger problem.

What if livestock farmers gave up growing grain for feeding the livestock and grew it for people instead?  The reason I gave up eating meat was because I learned that  it takes more resources to grow food for meat per person than it does to grow food for people.  We could feed 7 -10 times more people per acre if we gave up eating meat.

Ironically, I found this article today:
Vegeterianism addresses many needs, problems

Put all of this together with Global Warming:
Scientists say world must adapt to warming

and we have a huger than huge mess in our grandchildren’s life times (right now it’s just “huge”).

Utah’s Hunger Problem

I’ve made posts here in the past year about Utah’s human needs issues and how our tax dollars are spent on those. While the U.S. government is spending tax dollars on building apartheid walls, illegally occupying other countries,confiscating people’s phone records in the name of national security and arguing over the definition of marriage, people in America, the United States of America, are suffering from poverty-stricken conditions and are going hungry.

Yesterday was the 5th National Hunger Awareness Day, a grassroots movement to raise awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in America. According to the National Hunger Awareness Day website, 38 million Americans aren’t even sure where they will get their next meal.

There is an article in today’s Deseret News about a creative display at the Gallivan Center, in conjunction with National Hunger Awareness Day, that portrayed the number of hungry people in Utah:

Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News
Jeff Golden of the Food Development Office sets up 218 plates at the Gallivan Center during the rally for National Hunger Awareness Day.

The 218 empty dinner plates standing on the Gallivan Center lawn each represented 1,000 Utahns who live at or below the federal poverty level, joining more than 38 million people — including 14 million children — living in poverty across the country.

Gina Cornia of Utahns Against Hunger pointed out that there is plenty of food for people but that poverty creates condidtions whereby people do not have access to food.

Utah has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation and the 10th highest hunger rate.

Local organizations and activists are encouraging people to up their donations to local food banks this summer. Summer is a time when donations drop off and the demand for emergency food supplies increase.

As a person who has been represented by one of those plates above at various times in life with small children, I can speak from personal experience to this issue.

Please donate to your local food bank. Your neighbors may be depending on it.