To contact food not bombs :

  • you may email sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net
  • you can call OR text message (415) 484-3288
  • visit our serving schedule page and emailing contacts for specific days you are interested in
  • join our email list and posting there
  • show up at a serving and get directly involved

 

SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s list of empty and abandoned buildings through March, 2020 on this webpage:  https://sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-and-abandoned-buildings/.

Please note that this list contains the addresses from the DBI database.  We do not verify the buildings’ status.

The next update will be in early August, 2020.

If you want the complete DBI database, please contact us at sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Teen Vogue, that’s right, Teen Vogue wishes Food Not Bombs a happy 40th anniversary.

The congratulatory article mentions our San Francisco chapter:

There is also still a strong Food Not Bombs presence in San Francisco. Eddie Stiel, a member of the San Francisco chapter and a longtime housing activist says that these days they face less harassment from police (though a blog post from the group says that officers arrested several members and destroyed the group’s meal on May Day in 2014). Stiel says that the best part of Food Not Bombs San Francisco is that the group serves food to the community every week, and that “we’ve been able to keep it going for all these years.”

On April 16, the city of San Francisco barricaded the 16th Street/Mission and 24th Street/Mission BART Plazas except for walkways into the stations.  The walkway at the 24th Street Plaza is exactly six feet wide, making it physically impossible for people passing each other to maintain proper physical distance.  San Francisco has closed the public spaces around only these two Mission District stations, not at any of the other six San Francisco BART stations.

Barriers go up at 16th and 24th BART Plazas to enforce social distancing

16th Street/Mission BART Plaza, Photo from Bart Director Bevan Dufty’s Twitter Page

These two plazas are some of the only public spaces available to homeless and poor people, many of whom live in tiny SRO rooms.  Supposedly, the reason to close the plazas is to enforce physical distancing.  However, by closing the plazas, San Francisco has forced people to hang out in an even smaller area, most notably on the sidewalks near the plazas, making it more difficult to maintain six feet of separation among each other.

This arbitrary and discriminatory closure of the BART Plazas is the latest example of San Francisco trying to erase poor and homeless people from public view.

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24th Street/Mission BART Plaza, Photo from Gay Shame Twitter Page

BART and San Francisco held no public meetings and did not solicit any public input before closing the plazas.

Outraged?

Contact these elected officials.

Bart Director Bevan Dufty:  510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov.

San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen:  415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org.

SFFNB is sharing food on additional days during the shelter in place order period.

Our Wednesday food sharing continues as normal.  We are also sharing food as much as possible at the SW 16th/Mission BART Plaza on Fridays at 6:30 PM.  The additional Friday sharing depends on our access to the cookhouse at St. John The Evangelist church.  Please check this website for more specific updates.

Serving Information Page:  https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

Unfortunately, we are not accepting new volunteers for the time being for the 16th/Mission sharings.  Again, this policy is fluid, so please check the website for updates or send us an email to sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net with any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience and support during this unusual time.

As Las Vegas city officials further criminalize poverty and homelessness, at least one misguided resident blames Las Vegas Food Not Bombs for these increasing structural problems.

From https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/13/las-vegas-homeless-sleeping-ban-no-lodging:

“The other half of the Huntridge homeless story is the perpetuation of homelessness by an organization whose members do not reside here,” [Dan] Evans said regarding Food Not Bombs, a group that drew the neighborhood’s ire by serving free meals in the park twice a week.

Under the guise of false food safety concerns, the mayor of Lancaster, California tried to criminalize free food sharing in that city.

People rose up at the City Council hearing, forcing an indefinite postponement of the vote on the proposed ordinance.

Read more in this LA Times article:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-14/lancaster-homeless-feeding-ban.

From 09/25/2019:

Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. FNB arrived in full glory with the new black and yellow banner that is strikingly visible and beautifully painted!
This weeks serving was no less than five courses, with an unbelievably delicious fruit bread desert thingy (I was lucky enough to have two servings!) People from all walks of life came up and chatted and shared their appreciation and stories.

Also, across the street USF students were serving free food! Their serving starts at 6 PM and is run by volunteers from an on-campus club that wants to make change in the community. They were less sociable and noticeably on edge when I approached – clearly they have limited experience with the “disenfranchised” public. It was strange to see the juxtaposition between their serving and the Food Not Bombs one.

With the USF students I felt like a less-than-equal recipient of philanthropic leftovers. The forced politeness and shifting posture signaled a lack of interest in interacting. However, their hearts were in the right place and I’m going to try to help spread the word to others about the free food.

Hopefully, over time the students will feel more at home in the Plaza, and less nervous about the regular folks that approach to chat.

the Food not Bombs serving was a smashing success, and it was great to have flyers to pass out. The cooks really outdid themselves once again!  Looking forward to next week 🙂

Hot off the press, get your today!  Here is a printable 6-image page to spread the word ^_^

9/18/19

There was a strange sight at the 16th and Mission Bart Plaza:  MUNI employees, funded by SFMTA public government money (i.e. your tax dollars) were holding up signs like chauffeurs for Oracle.

The rationale? “We are helping people find the Oracle conference and advertising our new express bus.”

It seemed strange to me, as I’ve never seen SFMTA go out of its way to advertise for any large community events. Where were the chauffeurs for Carnivale? The SF Walk Against Rape? Dia De Los Muertos? I don’t even remember seeing MUNI chauffeurs for Pride marches (surely one of San Francisco’s most time-honored events).

It just seemed like a strange mix of government money being used for private advertising. Not surprising, in a city where politicians are so deeply in bed with the tech giants. But also – not acceptable (sorry folks, no apathy here!)

The employees were very nice though, and we chatted about vegetarian food and different types of diets. I like that MUNI has a union to pay drivers fair wages. We need more unions…

MEANWHILE, across the plaza was a glorious food serving! Some people came by with extra dishes that were going to be thrown out from a tech company’s catering abundance. A selfless tech employee and a bookstore staff person volunteered their time to feed the people. It was amazing, spontaneous, and beautiful.

Shortly thereafter, Food Not Bombs showed up to double down on the culinary delights. The end result? Nothing short of an eight course feast at the 16th BART plaza!! Everyone left that night with a full stomache.

At one point the MUNI employees came over to chat, and it was a delight to share good conversation with good food.

It’s amazing to see the good vibes that feeding people can create. And who knows? Maybe one day MUNI employees will do a serving with us 🙂

 

 

 

 

The northeast 16th/Mission BART Plaza, adjacent to Walgreens, has a strange new 3,900-pound, $4,661 bench, according to Mission Local.

‘Unpleasant’ or ‘interesting’? Two-ton, $5,000 bench arrives at 16th and Mission

Photo Credit:  Julian Mark, Mission Local

The other plaza on the southwest side of the intersection, where SF Food Not Bombs shares food on Wednesdays, did not get any additional benches, even though BART Director Bevan Dufty promised more benches late last year.

Here are a few earlier posts about the removal of six comfortable metal benches from the SW Plaza and their eventual replacement with three smaller, less comfortable concrete ones:

https://sffnb.org/2018/11/05/bart-downgrades-seating-at-16th-street-mission-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/11/bart-board-addresses-16th-street-mission-street-bart-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/08/bart-removes-benches-from-16th-street-mission-street-plaza/

Contact information: BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov.

Servings

Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry – UN Plaza @ Hyde St – 6:00 PM

WED (definite), FRI (likely): 16th & Mission – 6:30 PM.

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00 PM

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