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Food Not Bombs Feeds Survivors in Houston, New Orleans

by HammerHard Tuesday September 20, 2005 at 07:28 PM
 hammerhard@riseup.net www.hammerhard.com

"We need clothes, cooking equipment, food, cooks and money to provide for thousands of hungry homeless people," says Keith McHenry, a volunteer working out of the new community center in the 9th Ward. of New Orleans.
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Food Not Bombs is feeding survivors of Hurricane Katrina outside the Houston Convention Center.

The group has also opened a community center in New Orleans yesterday, located at 714 Desire St., in the 9th Ward. The community center is host to a full-time kitchen, wellness center, and information hub and is organizing supply distribution for the area. Plans are in the works to provide free bicycles and bicycle repair at the center as well.

"We need clothes, cooking equipment, food, cooks and money to provide for thousands of hungry homeless people," says Keith McHenry, a volunteer working out of the new community center in the 9th Ward. "We have no overhead, rent or salaries so every donation goes directly to helping people. Because we are independent we can take food and supplies to areas no other agency can reach."

Because this disaster may last six months to a year or more, Food Not Bombs is setting up permanent field kitchens throughout the hurricane-stricken region, and in areas where large numbers of survivors are gathered. In addition to the community center in New Orleans, the group is supporting relief efforts in Waveland, Mississippi and the Houma Nation in Louisiana. Food Not Bombs is encouraging the hurricane survivors to participate in cooking, serving and collecting the food.

Hundreds of people all over America have been calling Food Not Bombs asking what they can do to help those made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Food Not Bombs will continue organizing buses, vans and truckloads of food, kitchen equipment and clothing to aid people trapped by or fleeing the disaster.

Busloads of material support and Food Not Bombs volunteers have been sent to hurricane-stricken areas from Washington, DC; Chicago; Indianapolis; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; New York; Philadelphia; Oberlin; Boulder; Madison; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Dayton; Hartford; Tucson; Panama City, Miami and Saint Petersburg, FL.

In addition to Houston and the new community center in New Orleans, Food Not Bombs kitchens are operating in the following locations:

- Algiers, LA - Masjid Bigal mosque on Teche Street

- Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Environmental Action Coalition (LEAN), 162 Croydon Ave.

Food Not Bombs teams are also traveling hurricane-stricken areas, passing out food and supplies to those in need.

To make a donation to Food Not Bombs, visit:

Or contact  Katrina@foodnotbombs.net, or 1-800-884-1136

Donations of food and supplies are being collected at the following locations:

- Houston, Texas - Houston Convention Center.

- Algiers, Louisiana - Masjid Bigal mosque on Teche Street

- Covington, Louisiana- Corner of 28th and Tyler in Covington.

- Tucson, Arizona -1410 W. Niagra St.; 4065 N. Fremont Street; Food Conspiracy Coop, 412-North 4th Avenue

- South Windsor, Connecticut - Garland truck repair & services:
363 Pleasant Valley Road South Windsor, Connecticut

- Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Environmental Action Coalition (LEAN), 162 Croydon Ave.

Just a Note 24.Sep.2005 10:30


It should also be pointed out, that a number of rainbow kitchens are in that area providing assistance as well. If you don't know what that means go to welcomehome.org, to find out. We are the last nomadic tribe in Amerikkka, and we are all going down, in total "poverty", to help however we can.

Yeah that's true 24.Sep.2005 15:53


more about the Rainbow Emergency Management Assembly Kitchens at the following blog link:

(Here's a piece of the first post from that blog, full story posted at:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/09/325043.shtml)

REMA &The "New Waveland Cafe" serving thousands in Mississippi...
New Waveland Cafe Thursday, September 15, 2005:

Imagine a community that probably looks a lot like yours, it's banks and grocery stores sitting like hollow ghosts, monuments to nature's destructive power, their insides washed away in the tidal surge. The storm surge reached as high as 30 feet in this part of Mississippi. All the buildings around here were completely submerged in a fetid brew of saltwater, sewage, death, every toxic chemical, and the detritus of the land dwellers. The place is so toxic we use a case of bleach in the Cafe every day. Children should not be here but many have no choice.

I come from the Rainbow side of the Cafe. We call ourselves REMA, Rainbow Emergency Management Assembly. We're here to serve, listen, and inspire. We work 16-20 hour days and hope some more good volunteers show up soon. We just feed whoever shows up, give away everything in our Wall Less Mart (Where Everything is Free), and lend an ear when needed. I don't know how long we'll need to stay here; but a lot of folks absolutely depend on us.

The world forgot to notice that coastal Mississippi was annihilated by Katrina. The next town to the east of us, Bay St. Louis, lost 70% of its buildings. It looks like everything "below the railroad tracks" will be bulldozed and rebuilt. Recovery efforts were well under way by the time FEMA noticed that most of the buildings in coastal Mississippi were missing. We understand turf battles have severely slowed recovery efforts in Louisiana. We're not equipped to deal with politics. But we are equipped to feed and comfort these marvelous, ordinary folks like you and me living in a place not unlike your town, look them in the eye when they thank us, and reply, "You'd have done the same for us."

and a little more recent info 24.Sep.2005 15:55


photos of the Waveland Cafe 24.Sep.2005 16:04