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Food Not Bombs

Grassroots tour comes to Maui.

January 28, 2010
Trisha Smith

According to their Website,, FNB was the only group serving hot food for the first days after San Francisco’s earthquake in 1989, and the first to provide meals to workers at the site of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. FNB also claims it was among the first to provide food for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

Keith McHenry, founder of FNB, is making his first trip to Maui from Feb. 12 to 22 to reveal what his consensus movement is all about.

FNB has been gaining momentum across the globe. Hundreds of independent chapters have formed to share free, vegetarian food to hungry people in over 1,000 cities worldwide each week. These activists support anti-war, anti-poverty and pro-environmental ideals. Their goal is to end hunger and come together for world peace.

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“Food is a right, not a privilege.” Food Not Bombs Founder Keith McHenry (shown here at a recent speaking engagement in Nigeria) travels throughout the world sharing his message to end hunger, war, poverty and environmental destruction. Visit and catch him on Maui in February during the FNB tour events.

FNB poses the hard questions, such as, “How we can spend billions on war with over a billion people going hungry each day?” There are no simple resolutions to such a complex query, yet FNB continues to make a valiant efforts for the good of humankind.

“The message of Food Not Bombs is simple and powerful—no one should be without food in a world so richly provided with land, sun and human ingenuity,” stated Professor, Historian and Playwright Howard Zinn in the Food Not Bombs Handbook. “No consideration of money, no demand for profit, should stand in the way of any hungry…”

Yet, McHenry said he is on a “terrorism watch list” and has been arrested nearly 60 times for doing nothing other than feeding homeless people and providing meals at civil disobedience events and disasters.

Why does FNB face so much oppression? McHenry revealed that leaders of the military-industrial complex (MIC)—a policy relationship concept within our governments, armed forces and industry—consider FNB a threat.

“The MIC is a $700 billion industry,” McHenry said. “We spend as much [on the military] as the whole world combined. We want to turn the paradigm around… What would happen if the army brought food to war-torn countries instead of dropping bombs?”

Paul Janes-Brown, Maui Weekly contributing writer and social change advocate, deemed FNB “a deconstructed organization.”

“There is no head, no board of directors and no democratic process—everything is done by consensus,” Janes-Brown said. “FNB subverts both democracy and capitalism.”

FNB is not a charity, yet it relies on compassionate businesses to donate food that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Joining McHenry on Maui is the “mystic Americana roots” singer/songwriter known as Human, or “The Human Revolution.”

Human has spent most of his life in Northeast Ohio. His job as a musician, he said, “is to document the feelings and the truths and to bring light to the darkness.”

His awareness work and music is influenced by such music greats as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Fela Kuti and Bob Dylan. “Not so much in their style, but in their truth,” said Human. (Visit

McHenry and Human will appear at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Temple of Peace in Ha‘iku; and on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the 2010 Source Festival Maui at Camp Keanae. Tickets are $20 and available at performances.

Human and friends will hold a concert on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:30 p.m. at the Studio Maui in Ha‘iku. McHenry and Human will also perform a FNB benefit at the Kipahulu Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 21, and make a final appearance on Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. at Mandala Ethnic Arts in Pa‘ia.




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