LPDane: FOOD NOT BOMBS feeds the hungry at Farmers Market
“The best way to help hungry people is to take direct action and feed them ourselves. The absolute worst way is by feeding an expensive, corrupt, inefficient bureaucracy”, says Phil Anderson, President of the LPDane. “We’re doing this to feed our neighbors that need decent food, and to combat the false narrative the Libertarians don’t care.”
LPDane will be distributing food to homeless and hungry at the intersection of W. Mifflin St. and State St., next to the Dane County Farmers’ Market, beginning at 10am on Saturday August 8th, and will continue until all the food is distributed. All food is donated by local businesses.
Stephen Nass is the Vice-President of LPDane, and a trained chef. “In my line of work I see firsthand the amount of food we waste every day. Americans discard over 40 percent of food that is produced. 1,400 calories worth of food is discarded per person each day, which adds up to 150 trillion calories a year. The United Nations reported in 2010 that all one billion people that go hungry could be fed by the food that is wasted every day. We’re taking direct action here, in our community.”
Food Not Bombs recovers food that would have been discarded and shares it as a way of protesting war and poverty. With fifty cents of every U.S. federal tax dollar going to the military and forty percent of food being discarded, while so many people were struggling to feed their families, Food Not Bombs hopes to inspire the public to press for decreases in military spending so that citizens can redirect their resources to helping their neighbors in need.
“If all of the well-meaning people who spend countless hours arguing politics, fighting over public funds, lobbying their elected officials, and complaining about the state of our nation and society, directed that energy and concern to directly helping the folks in their own communities, wasteful corrupt government would become less and less relevant as a means of trying to help people,” continues Anderson. “Governments and government officials have shown themselves repeatedly to be self-serving, wasteful and corrupt: the worst way to get almost anything done. If we really care, let’s do something different.”
LPDane is the Libertarian Party of Dane County, founded in December 2014. LPDane has 25 members, and meets the second Wednesday of each month for a business meeting followed by a social hour, open to the public. For more information, email president@LPDane.org , or visit www.LPDane.org . More information about Food Not Bombs can be found at www.FoodNotBombs.net