Keith McHenry is an artist, author, and co-founder of the global movement, Food Not Bombs (FNB).
In 1980, Keith and seven friends co-founded the first Food Not Bombs chapter in Cambridge, Massachusetts to provide food at protests.
Since then he has helped to start Food Not Bombs groups around the globe focusing his attention on providing food to families struggling as a result of the global economic crisis. He continues to maintain a Food Not Bombs website as well as providing logistical support to existing chapters, and cooking with local Food Not Bombs groups as he travels.
His public speaking presentations at schools, book stores, and social spaces cover aspects of community organizing, nonviolent civil resistance, poverty and hunger, disaster relief, alternative media, human rights, homelessness, domestic surveillance and the history of the peace and social justice movements.
Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer global movement which collects surplus food and prepares community meals, served for free in public spaces to anyone who is hungry. The food is donated by grocery stores, bakeries and markets, and local farmers. Anyone who wants to cook may cook, and anyone who wants to eat may eat. The movement shares free vegan meals to call attention to poverty, homelessness, and the destructiveness of war in over 1,000 cities around the world.
The central beliefs of Food Not Bombs are:
• Always vegan or vegetarian and free to everyone.
• Each chapter is independent and autonomous and makes decisions using the consensus process.
• Dedication to nonviolence.
Accolades and credits for Keith include the 1999 Local Hero Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Resister of the Year in 1995 and the Justice Studies Association’s 2012 Noam Chomsky Award. He is co-founder of the No Police Brutality Day protests and helped start Indymedia.org (Independent Media Center) and the Homes Not Jails squatters’ movement. He also coined the term “freegan”. Keith is co-author and illustrator of “Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community.” The book has sold over 10,000 copies in English, 3,000 in Spanish, 3,000 in Italian and has been published in Russian. Keith has a new book, “HUNGRY FOR PEACE: How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs.” He has appeared in Amnesty International’s Human Rights Report. He was featured in “A People’s History of The United States” by Howard Zinn and been interviewed and recorded in many journals, books and several documentary films. He is currently writing another book as he tours the world speaking about the movement. When he is not on tour he is drawing and painting, riding his mountain bike or swimming. He also shares food with his local Food Not Bombs group and is busy with the Food Not Bombs Free Skool in Taos, New Mexico.