Food Against Fascism is a non-profit, community project that prepares and distributes free, hot, healthy meals every Saturday at 2pm at Norman Bethune Square in downtown Montreal.
When this project began in the Spring of 2017, we had modest goals of serving free food to a small number of folks, while raising awareness about the rise of the far right both locally and abroad. Over the course of the summer and fall, we’ve developed a following among people who live in the neighborhood, as well as those who work or study in the area. The project has been a huge success, and we hope to eventually expand to other neighbourhoods and cities all across North America.
Nothing helps build a sense of community like a shared meal. In the face of a society that often leaves people feeling isolated and alone, we want to bring people together in the spirit of solidarity, mutual aid, and collective action. Fascism thrives when people feel like they have nowhere else to go, but we’re showing that great things are possible when people come together around a common goal.
Create a space to discuss difficult topics
Not everyone has access to spaces where they can comfortably talk about political issues, especially if it’s a subject that directly affects them. By providing a place where people from all walks of life can come and talk about the rise of the far-right, or other related issues, we hope to break through the sense of fear and isolation that can sometimes surround these topics.
At our servings we provide free reading material about social justice struggles and the rise of the far right, including accessible zines like “Fascism: What’s Up with That?” The zines in particular have been very popular and we would like to offer an even broader selection in the future.
Tackle food insecurity and reduce waste
Lots of perfectly good food is thrown out every day because it can’t be sold, yet many people also struggle to find enough to eat. We collect excess fruits and vegetables from vendors before they end up in the dumpster, and use them to prepare hot, healthy meals for hundreds of people every week. A long-term goal of the project is to offer this service in several different areas of the city to help curb increasing issues with food insecurity.