We are back at Monroe Park

With the closing of Abner Clay park for renovations and Monroe Park re-opening, we are now back at Monroe Park. We are doing our

Grocery distribution
4PM Sundays
Monroe Park

(directly across the street from the Sacred Heart Cathedral)

Due to COVID-19 we have suspended our hot buffet meals and are ONLY doing grocery premade food giveaway.

In 2017 We Hit the Ground Running

Impact Statement3 copy-01-01Now this bitter cold has us cooking every day starting at 4:30 PM at Createspace (607 Wickham St) to bring meals to the Cold Weather Shelter (9th & Leigh St). The only exception is Sundays and Mondays when we do both Abner Clay Park and the Cold Weather Shelter we might be running late to get back to cooking at 4:30 PM but 4:45/5PM for sure. Thanks for everyone’s help coming out to fight the bitter cold with warm food.


We Moved Kitchens and Parks in 2016

We forgot to update the website (or just didn’t have access to it). Luckily it has been recovered along with the email address. The quickest way to reach us continues to be through our facebook page. Richmond Food not Bombs is now cooking out of a community kitchen in partnership with RVA Createspace. We serve at Abner Clay park on Sundays at Mondays at 4PM. We will start updating the website and checking our emails again. Although our operations never ceased, there was an organizational lull / transitional time in late 2016 Some things (e.g. website/email) were not made priorities, but food rescued and served to folks in need always was. We are back in full force again. Thanks for all your support!

On the Closing of Monroe Park

Monroe Park, where we serve our meals every Sunday, is still under attack. The park is a major day site for homeless folks and one of few spots for key services like running water and restrooms. A Society Without A Name, for People Without A Home, is rallying to keep Monroe Park open and accessible for everyone.

ASWAN is circulating a petition in support of their efforts as they organize amongst park users and negotiate with the City. Please sign and share!

Donating to Food Not Bombs

Donated items should be shelf-stable, unopened (except for spices, which can be opened but must be in the original container), and vegan. We can also use produce: for example, if you have excess from a garden. Please only drop off produce between Friday and Sunday. Items can be dropped off at Food not Bombs which is on the side of the building through the gate of RVA Createspace, at 607 Wickham St. Richmond VA 23222.

If you would like to organize a food drive, contact rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com, to work out details.


High Priority:
– Tin foil
– Vegetable oil and olive oil
– Cleaning products, especially dish soap, brushes, and packs of sponges.
– Large reusable tupperware
– Plastic bags
– Rinsed out plastic containers of various kinds (yogurt, take-out, etc)
– Plastic utensils
– Rice

General Items
– Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
– Canned beans of all types, but especially kidney beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans (chickpeas). We have much more use for these beans than for green beans.
– Canned corn (not creamed corn), peas, and carrots
– Pasta sauce in jars or cans
– Spices, especially garlic powder, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder.
– Soy sauce
– Flour
– Sugar, white and brown
– Baking soda and powder
– Dry oatmeal
– Pasta
– Rice
– Drink mixes like: lemonade mix, iced tea mix, tea, hot cocoa, kool-aid.
Things which we need much less of, but find useful:
– Salad dressings
– Dried fruits
– Molasses or maple syrup
– Flavoring extracts like vanilla, almond, and lemon
– Shelf stable jars of apple sauce
– Vegetable shortening
– Vinegars
Specialty items which we usually cook without, but can use: 
– Vegannaise
– Nutritional yeast
– Egg replacer powder