USA Shoe Company believes in supporting our neighbors in Orlando, which is why we support the efforts of Food Not Bombs through donations and hands on service. The first Food Not Bombs group was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. The group consisted of all volunteers with no formal leadership. Members would rescue food from sources where it would have otherwise been trashed and use it to share vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry.
In 1988, Food Not Bomb members were arrested for protesting San Francisco’s anti-homeless policies. Over 1,000 arrests were made between 1988 and 1997. News about the arrests inspired groups in other cities and countries to form their own local Food Not Bomb chapters.
Orlando Food Not Bombs is one of many independent collectives that operates under the conviction that food is a right, not a privilege. They recover food that would have been discarded to prepare nutritious, vegan meals that they share with students, activists, the working poor, the homeless and anyone else who could use a meal.   They do so in solidarity with their neighbors and in protest of poverty, war, and the criminalization of homelessness. Orlando Food Not Bombs now shares food at the steps of City Hall every Monday at 10:00 am and Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Orlando Food Not Bombs began sharing free vegan meals at Lake Eola in 2005. These events went on until city officials, responding to complaints from nearby residents, enacted a city ordinance requiring a permit to distribute food to more than 25 people at a time, in any city park near city hall, and limiting access to those permits to twice a year for each park. The group moved its operation to the steps of City Hall, directly below the Mayor’s office windows. Facing an upcoming election year, public pressure from the Orlando community, and increased national and international attention, Mayor Buddy Dyer allowed the group to continue sharing in the area in front of City Hall.
An unintended consequence of this truce with the city is that week after week, city officials are confronted with the faces of the hungry, the homeless, and the working poor at the steps of their building. The need is undeniable and it won’t be hidden from the view of their office suites or the public eye.


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