Ana Docoito-Nelson is a property manager with Gramatan Management Inc., in New Rochelle, New York. In her time away from work, Ana Docoito-Nelson volunteers with Food Not Bombs (FNB).
FNB is a global grassroots movement that works to reclaim food that would have been needlessly discarded or wasted. The organization was founded in 1980 by a group of college students who were protesting a nuclear power station in New Hampshire. When one of the founders was arrested at the protest, the bake sales held to raise money for his legal fees quickly took on a goal of social change. Today, FNB has chapters all over the world and looks to inspire the general public to curb food wastefulness and address widespread issues of poverty and hunger.
FNB provides those interested in supporting the cause locally a seven-step process to creating a local chapter. The steps are simple, and are as follows:
1. Establish yourself. Set up a phone number/email/etc. so interested people can contact you.
2. Let others know you exist. Put up flyers, make Facebook events, talk to local organizations; do whatever you can.
3. Obtain a vehicle. Whether by rental or by asking a friend, you’ll need this to transport food.
4. Look for sources of food. Oftentimes, these are restaurants, hotels, schools, and other businesses which provide meals, because these places throw out a lot of food.
5. Deliver your food to local shelters, food kitchens, and other charities. Get to know these people.
6. Once you have a good amount of food coming in, start to set some aside for future events where you can share your literature and mission.
7. Once you have a presence in your community, think of hosting a weekly food sharing with those who are hungry and homeless. And that’s it. The rest is up to you.