On Sunday afternoons, members of Los Angeles Food Not Bombs converge in the kitchen of a home in Silverlake, a neighborhood in central Los Angeles, to wash, chop, and stir donated vegetables into 15 gallons of stew and 20 gallons of salad. At about 6 p.m., the volunteers load up the food and take it down to Pershing Square. At the public park, they serve meals to about 100 people, mostly men without homes, though anyone is welcome to partake.
For the last three years, the volunteer-run organization has received all their vegetable donations—an average of 383 pounds a week—through a Los Angeles nonprofit called Food Forward. Between April and June 2016, those donations added up to about 3,700 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables—all from vendors at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, and all of which might otherwise have gone to waste. Read more