Skip to main content

Food Not Bombs collection

Identifier: MSS 455 large

Scope and Contents

This collection contains articles, literature, a banner, and buttons that are part of the materials that Food Not Bombs makes available for their groups and/or people interested in starting a group.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Nine anti-nuclear activists started the Food Not Bombs group in Cambridge, Massachusetts after a friend was arrested at the Occupation Attempt of Seabrook Nuclear Power Station on May 24th, 1980. While holding bake sales to raise monies for the legal fees, one person came across a discarded poster with the wording "it will be a great day when our schools get the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." From the statement on the poster and the bake sales, the activists started feeding people at homeless shelters and public housing projects. The meals that were free and vegetarian or vegan. When Keith McHenry moved to San Francisco, he started a group there. Since 1980 more groups across the United States and world-wide have formed. Food Not Bombs takes direct nonviolent action to create a world without domination,coercion, and volience. The organization was founded on the prinicple that food is a right not a privelege. The three principles of Food Not Bombs are 1) Always vegan or vegetarian and free to everyone; 2)Each chapter is independent and autonomous and makes decisions using the consensus process; and 3)Food not bombs is not a charity and is dedicated to non-violent social change.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased by MSU Libraries in 2015.

Processing Information

Leslie M. Behm updated processed this collection in 2015.

Finding Aid for the Food Not Bombs collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Updated by Leslie M. Behm in November 2016.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA