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Food Not Bombs Opens Community Center in New Orleans 9th Ward;
WASHINGTON - September 20 - Food Not Bombs, a lose national confederation of groups working to feed the hungry, 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 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.
- Houston, TX The Houston Convention Center
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: www.foodnotbombs.net/dollar_for_peace.html
Donations of food and supplies are being
- Algiers, Louisiana - Masjid Bigal mosque on
- Covington, Louisiana- Corner of 28th and Tyler
- Tucson, Arizona -1410 W. Niagra St.; 4065 N.
- South Windsor, Connecticut - Garland truck
- Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Environmental
- Houston, Texas - Houston Convention Center.