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 🙂

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