Welcome to The West End Magazine readers! This will be my blog about the ever-giving community of 4101 and the people and organisations contributing to making the suburb a better place. The members of the community here are always offering a hand to help others and an example of this community spirit is demonstrated in Food Not Bombs.

When a group of young people started the worldwide phenomenon called Food Not Bombs on West End’s own bustling Boundary Street a strong bond of kinship and community was created. For over 30 years people have joined forces with the simple desire for Food Not Bombs and have set their minds, kitchens and communities, to the project of sharing free vegetarian food with the public. Without restriction, Food Not Bombs takes place in over 1,000 cities around the world to minimise war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. People involved in Food Not Bombs believe that food is a right, not a privilege, and I wholeheartedly agree with them. It’s such an effective, but simple idea.

A group of volunteers do a big cook up of yummy vegetarian food at a community house in West End and then head over to the park opposite the prominent lizard on Boundary Street. Food Not Bombs’ motto is ‘everyone is welcome’ so any passersby can join in and grab a bite to eat in a safe community atmosphere. There is a great vibe and you will always see a new friendly face or strike up a conversation, whilst enjoying a meal on the streets of West End.

Food Not Bombs aims to decrease food waste and build a sense of community that benefits the environment. If you want to get involved and help out the neighbourhood or even munch on some wholesome free food, come along at 6.30pm on Friday nights. I might see you there!