If you are on a budget, where can you find free vegan food? You could try food banks, but often you just have to eat what you’re given (most of it is food that is about to go out of date and get thrown away, so in this case, some people may choose to eat it, it’s not giving profit to the companies that make it). Here are some other ideas (aside from growing your own food or using a community garden, of course).
- Food Not Bombs is a worldwide charity that takes leftover veggie food, then serves it up in local parks and public places. There is quite a lot of politics behind this, with some areas trying to close down the outlets, even suggesting they are terrorists! It’s a peaceful organisation that simply wants to feed the masses for free, so of course some corporate companies are very unhappy about it. Isa Chandra Moskowitz (one of the world’s best-selling vegan cookbook authors) honed her craft here, and credits their teachings with her success.
- Mutual Aid Vegan Food Bank is the first of its kind, providing free vegan food and toiletries to anyone on a drop-in basis, after a quick chat with volunteers.
- Why not start a community food garden? This is a great way to get local people involved in growing organic food, and the food is then available to everyone. See toxic plants to keep away from pets.
- Incredible Edible is a worldwide movement, where local people grow local food for free. For instance, people grow herbs in health centres, vegetables in schools and even herbs at railway stations, for people to pick on their way home from a commute. They also grow fruit and nut trees, all for local people to harvest.
- Download the free book Abundance Handbook. This shows how to start a local scrumping project. Local volunteers harvest windfallen apples from gardens, where elderly landowners can’t do the work. The fruit is then shared: a third to the landowner, a third to the volunteer and bruised fruits get juiced or made into jam, and sold to help charities in the local community.
- Forage! You have to be careful with this, so you don’t accidentally kill yourself from eating toxic mushrooms. See a beginner’s guide to foraging, to find out more.