Posts Tagged ‘free food’

This is in response to the recently unnveiled plans for renovations of Monroe Park in Richmond, Virginia, as well as comments about the park from Charles R. Samuels who is the City Councilman for the 2nd district where Monroe Park is located. This is written by a longtime member of the Richmond Food Not Bombs organization, which has been serving a weekly meal in the park for over 16 years.

The Conrad Center at 1400 Oliver Hill Way is an unacceptable location for the centralization of ‘homeless services’. There are multiple reasons as to why this location is unacceptable. The logistical reasons have to do with the difficulty of accessing the Conrad Center. The Conrad Center is in a valley, between two steep hills. This means that for many folks with children, disabilities, etc. the location itself is very difficult if not impossible to reach. The Conrad Center is also geographically isolated, which means that even in nice weather it is a long walk from the other places where homeless people might be hanging out. There is not really any place near by that homeless people could hang out between meals (breakfast and dinner) at the Conrad Center. In extreme weather- hot or cold or wet, people risk their health and well being walking so far.

Before the Conrad Center was a reality, homeless people voiced their concerns about the location. They were ignored. Tactics which could have been implemented to make the Conrad Center more accessible even in its terrible location were ignored and neglected. If people who used the Conrad Center were given free bus passes so they could reach the Conrad Center, it would be a lot more useful to a lot more people. However, free bus service is not provided. And now Richmond’s only source of public transportation, the GRTC bus system is cutting routes and raising rates. Which is yet another attack on the poor and working classes which continues to make the Conrad Center a less and less acceptable location.

Aside from its isolation, the location of the Conrad Center is unacceptable because of its psychological impacts. Situated across from the Richmond City Jail, and next to the court and women’s jail, the Conrad Center is a very stigmatizing place. The location of the Conrad Center is clearly part of an ongoing push to make the homeless less visible, and part of the mindset which pushes to criminalize homelessness. Beyond the terrible location of the Conrad Center, the concept of isolating homeless people from other people is also extremely unhealthy. Creating spaces that are ‘homeless only’ prevents friendships and communication across classes. Isolating the homeless reduces their connections with others in the Richmond community and makes them more vulnerable to racist and classist legislation. Homeless people face oppression from many sides, and isolating them only increases this potential for oppression.

The Monroe Park Advisory Council does not accurately represent the people who are involved in activities in Monroe Park. (more…)

New, shorter hours for the Really Really Free Market- From Noon until 3- that way it is a more eventful event. At the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park

Come find a fancy outfit at this month’s Really Really Free Market, and put it on so we can have a FANCY TEA PARTY at 2pm. Please bring cookies/snacks/scones and tea if you have some to share!

A really really free market is an alternative to the capitalist version of a ‘free market’ where in fact, nothing is free. The really really free market is a place where people can come bring things they no longer need or use and give them away. It is a place where people can come get the things they need for free, without having to participate in the corporate market. Really really free markets build community instead of destroying it.

The RVA Really Really Free Markets provide people with a chance to share the excess that they possess, to prevent the landfills from filling with stuff that will never decompose and is nowhere near the end of its usefulness, and to offer the community a chance to come together for a day of free fun in the sun!

Feel free to come give a workshop or skillshare, play some music, facilitate a discussion, tell stories, and more! Please encourage others to do the same.

Help spread the word! Tell your friends & family & coworkers & community members. Make flyers, send emails, and start conversations. Build your community through mutual aid & collective knowledge.

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Vouchers are now available at the Wingnut for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. This event will be held on Saturday July 10th at 12 noon at the corner of North Avenue and West Graham, in the parking lot next to the Goal Post.

We only have 100 vouchers, so 100 people will be guaranteed food.

If you know of people in the Southern Barton Heights area who could use some extra food please let us know so we can get them vouchers. If you know people who have different mobility levels and might need us to bring them the food on that day please let us know so we can do our best to accomodate people of many different abilities.

You can call the Wingnut at 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue for a voucher.

We painted this mural on the front of the Wingnut in time for Memorial Day and our cookout. Now we are finally getting around to posting a picture of it that our friend Andrew Phinney took. About 10 of us, Wingnuts and friends, worked on the mural together. Some ideas came from people in the neighborhood and some came from us. We have gotten a lot of positive responses from everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of yuppies. Many people appreciate the anti-cop message and we have heard many stories of local folks or their loved ones being harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. This is an issue that really resonates with people in our area. On the other hand, many yuppies are upset that we ‘ruined’ our nice house. Thats ok. We are actually kind of stoked that our mural speaks to so many people while also perhaps serving as a deterrent to gentrifiers.

We have been trying to get together the resources to provide free breakfasts for kids in Southern Barton heights for a while now. Unfortunately, it looks like for now we are only going to be able to do one day a week.

Our plan is to start providing free breakfast for kids starting on Friday June 25th (after school lets out for the summer). We will do free breakfasts every Friday morning at 10am.

Anyone who wants to come help us cook food on Friday mornings, or just hang out with the kid,s is more than welcome to. Also, if you have any breakfast type things to donate to us for use during this weekly program please contact us and let us know.

The Wingnut Collective is currently trying to pool resources and collect items that would enable us to begin a breakfast for kids program. There are quite a few children in our neighborhood. With school about to be out for the summer, it can be more difficult for families to budget for food. It seems like from talking to the kids that a lot of them will be around all summer with no specific programs to keep them occupied.  We would like to serve a free breakfast Monday through Friday to kids in our neighborhood. This way everyone could have a healthy start to their day, and safe place to be.

If you would like to help us start this program, there are many ways you can do so. We need help finding organizations to donate us food. If you have a non-profit, if you could help us use your non-profit number to get food from the Food Bank that would be amazing. If you have an organization with a big budget but not so many big programs, you could kick us down some funds. We don’t even need money as much as we need breakfast foods. Here are some items we are going to need on a weekly basis to keep our neighbors healthy! (more…)