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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 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

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

WED: 16th & Mission – 6:30 PM.

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00 PM

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