Food Not Bombs is 100% volunteer-based, with chapters in more than 1,000 cities throughout 65 countries and counting.

Interested in joining the cause? Send us an email or visit our SignUp Calendar to volunteer.

Ways to get involved:

  • Visit local groceries, bakeries and markets to schedule the recovery of their surplus food.
  • Recover unsold food from grocery stores, bakeries, produce markets, food producers and farms.
  • Deliver surplus produce and baked goods to local shelters and food programs.
  • Clean, cut and cook the recovered produce, grains and other ingredient to make vegan meals to share on the streets and at protests.
  • Collect cooking and serving equipment or other supplies to help your local Food Not Bombs group.
  • Help set up the food, literature and banner at the meals.
  • Help share the prepared food at the meals.
  • Wash the plates, silverware, pots, pans, cooking equipment and the kitchen where the meals were prepared.
  • Make sure your meal location is clean and free of litter.
  • Help load and unload your food deliveries.
  • Write, illustrate, design and print flyers about the work your local Food Not Bombs is supporting.
  • Staff the literature distro at the regular Food Not Bombs meals.
  • Design and paint banners and signs to display at your meals.
  • Post flyers at cafes, book stores, schools, laundry mats, libraries, groceries, bakeries, music shops and any place people will read and enjoy them.
  • Organize a benefit concert or other event to bring awareness to your local Food Not Bombs group.
  • Respond to emails, phone calls and other communications to your local Food Not Bombs group and share all communications with everyone in your chapter.
  • Build bike carts to help collect and deliver the food, dishes. literature and banners.
  • Book a venue for the regular meeting.
  • Help develop the agenda for the next meeting.
  • Organize music, puppet shows or other cultural events at your regular meals.
  • Participate in the meetings of other organizations, unions or other activist groups to find out how your chapter can offer support.
  • Help organize a Really Really Free Market, Food Not Lawns community garden, seed bank, Bikes Not Bombs repair day, Homes Not Jails housing take over or other project and produce a flyer to promote the project at your regular meal.
  • Organize a movie night, concert, play, puppet show or other events to introduce more people to the work of your Food Not Bombs group.
  • Write letters to political prisoners.
  • Help organize a protest, occupation or other action.
  • Make sprouts and bring them to the meal.
  • Make a solar oven to bake bread at the regular meals.
  • Walk around the area before your meal and invite people to join you. You can hand out a quarter page flyer to each person with the day, time and location of your meal. This will help you share food with more people.
  • Organize a presentation at your local college, bookstore, cafe or community center.