We Stand in Solidarity with all people, 2016 Vegan Thanksgiving Bonanza!

Starting, November 19th and going on through November 28th, Community Solidarity, Inc. will be organizing its largest endeavor to date; it will include parties, Food Shares, copious amounts of decadent meals, the sharing of clothing, books and the organized efforts of hundreds of community members.

This is our tenth annual Thanksgiving Bonanza! Our goal is to share a smorgishborg of vegan hotmeals, groceries, winter clothing and thanksgiving supplies with over 10,000 people in the week before, and the week after Thanksgiving, but we need you're help to make this happen.

So here's a big way you can help; the largest of all our planned events will be the Vegan Thanksgiving. It's a 2-day affair that starts as an all night cooking party, (on Nov. 19th, everyone is invited) and culminates into the Vegan Thanksgiving Food Share the next day (Nov. 20th) in Hempstead, the “Hempstead Food Share Bonanza”.

The Hempstead Food Share, on November 20th, will be the largest Community Solidarity event ever (even bigger than last years, which was our largest event to date)! We expect to be able to share a vegan feast with everyone of the well over 2,500+ people that come! We'll then be continuing the week with nearly a dozen events spread across our Food Shares in Bed-Stuy, Huntington, Farmingville, Wyandanch and across many other communities across Long Island.

Please Spread The Word! This is our most ambitious project to date. To pull this off we are going to need your help, your friends’ help and even the help of their friends. Solidarity is what makes Community Solidarity so strong and we ask that you help us make these events even more absurdly inspirational than we could ever imagine.

Vegan Thanksgiving

To do this we ask that you Take The Pledge To Volunteer at one of our events, to help collect materials or to help in a variety of other needed ways. Solidarity and creating something incredible is soooo much easier than you think. Take The Pledge Here!

In addition, we ask that you consider making a monetary donation to our efforts. Community Solidarity has done some incredible things this year, from sharing nutritious groceries to school supplies! And we do this on a shoestring budget, but with your help it doesn't have to be that way!

: List of Events

Saturday, November 19th @ Noon: Expanded Wyandanch Thanksgiving Food Share
Saturday, November 19th @ 3pm: Expanded BedStuy Thanksgiving Food Share
*Saturday, November 19th @ 7pm: Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Party @ JonSTeps' House
*Sunday, November 20th @ 2pm: Hempstead Food Share Bonanza
Monday, November 21st @ Various times all day/night: Solidarity Caravans
Monday, November 21st @ 8pm: Dumpster Scavenger Hunt/LIFNB Olympics
Tuesday, November 22nd @ 7pm: Huntington Thanksgiving Food Share
Wednesday, November 23rd @Various times all day/night: Solidarity Caravans
Thursday, November 24th @11am: LIFNB Thanksgiving Lunch in Farmingville
Thursday, November 24th @ 6:30pm: Farmingville Food Share
Friday, November 25th @ 10am: Black Friday Free Store
Friday, November 25th @ 2pm: Pies Not Bombs p.1
Saturday, November 26th @ Noon: Pies Not Bombs! Wyandanch
Saturday, November 26th @3pm: Pies Not Bombs! Bed-Stuy
Sunday, November 27th, @2pm: Let's Not Let It Go to Waste, Hempstead
Monday, November 28th, All-day: Let's Not Let It Go to Waste, Long Island

Expanded Details:

Saturday, November 19th @ Noon

Expanded Wyandanch Thanksgiving Food Share

Vegan Thanksgiving

Our weekly Wyandanch Food Share will be expanded the Saturday before Thanksgiving and will include more groceries and clothing. To help organize this event please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org.

Location:
Straight Path
Wyandanch, NY 11798


Saturday, November 19th @ 3pm

Expanded BedStuy Thanksgiving Food Share

Vegan Thanksgiving

Our weekly BedStuy Food Share will be expanded the Saturday before Thanksgiving and will include more hot meals, groceries and clothing. To help organize this event please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org.

Location:
Von King Park
Lafayette & Marcy Ave
Brooklyn NY 11216


Saturday, November 19th @ 7pm

Vegan Thanksgiving Extraordinaire @ JonSTeps' House

Vegan Thanksgiving

Deep-frying, dirty dancing and treats. Yes it's back, Community Solidarity & JonSTeps are having yet another Vegan Thanksgiving and this time it's loftier than them all.

Come over to Jon's house on Saturday, November 19th @ 7pm. Bring friends, drinks, awesome vegan dishes and MORE IMPORTANTLY - Vegan Staples and Warm Clothing that can be given out at the following Food Share - "Hempstead Food Share Bonanza".

Think of this as one part Holiday Party, one part largest Vegan Potluck ever and one part largest Food Not Bombs ever!!!

It's $5 to $10 dollars to get in, sliding scale, and if you're super cool you'll bring, clothing (winter clothing especially), toys, books, games, bikes, skateboard, vegan staples (canned beans, bagged rice, etc…) Everyone is welcome to a place to crash for the night and in the morning you're welcome to join us for all the craziness that is the Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanza.

Location:

Check out www.communitysolidarity.org for updates. For directions, RSVP.

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/699337736895369/


Sunday, November 20th @ 2pm

Vegan Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanza 2016, aka the largest Food Share ever!

Vegan Thanksgiving

On Sunday, November 20th at 2pm Community Solidarity,Inc. will be transforming the weekly Hempstead Food Share into what we're calling the Hempstead Food Share Bonanza.

In addition to sharing tens-of-thousands of pounds of Thanksgiving groceries, clothing and books - we'll also be dishing up a cooked vegan feast made up of dozens of delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.

It's all part of our annual Thanksgiving celebrations. This event, the Hempstead Bonanza, will be the largest Food Share in the 35 year history of the international Food Not Bombs movement, it will be the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever and it will be the embodiment of a community that is standing in solidarity against hunger and in defiance of poverty.

Basically, this thing is just going to be huge! Last year, this event was the largest Community Solidarity Food Share in ever! This year we're looking to outdo ourselves yet again.

But to make this happen we need your help. Take the pledge to help out and stand in solidarity! Or donate some much-needed funds to our nonprofit. We encourage everyone to participate by collecting needed items (like clothing, books, toys and other necessities) and sharing them with us on the 20th. We also encourage everyone to cook up their favorite vegan dishes and bring them down as well.

Location:
Hempstead Train Station
W. Columbia St. & Station Plaza.
Hempstead, NY 11550

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753222794928482//


Monday, November 21st @ Various Times All Day

Community Solidarity Caravans

Vegan Thanksgiving

On Monday, Nov. 21st Community Solidarity will be organizing volunteers interested in picking up and delivering food across Long Island/NYC into teams that will bring aid to soup kitchens and pantries. The idea is to pair volunteers together, have them collect donations of food and clothing, and have them deliver those donations to people in need across Long Island.

If you have any questions about this event please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org or if you'd like to signup to help out, please take the pledge here.

Locations:
Various locations across Long Island & NYC.


Monday, November 21st @ 8pm

Dumpster Scavenger Hunt

Vegan Thanksgiving

On Monday, November 21st @ 8pm we'll be meeting up in Huntington Station (RSVP for location), for a Dumpster Scavenger Hunt. This is a 2-part event - for the first part, we'll be breaking up into teams and scavenging Long Island for hidden treasures. For the second part you'll be pitted against impossible odds that test you're skills as dedicated food not bombs volunteers. Expect crazy fun, adventure and new friends.

This event is open to everyone, feel free to bring friends, rides will be available from the Train Station if you need one. You also do not need to stay for the whole event (like if you're one of those people who have work the next day or something). But that said, you're going want to stay.

BE ADVISED: You must RSVP for this event and receive the password to join. Space is limited, so we have to turn away anyone without a password.

Location:
Must RSVP

You Must RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1132286746819748/


Tuesday, November 22nd @ 7pm

Huntington Thanksgiving Food Share

Vegan Thanksgiving

We welcome everyone to participate in a special Huntington Thanksgiving Food Share – come volunteer and help share with your community. It would be excellent if you could cook up a vegan dish for this Food Share. In Huntington we have a large amount of children (ages 6-12) who help us out. If you have any extra toys, books, clothes or school supplies that you'd like to share they'll get put to good use.

If you have any questions about this event please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org.

See our website, CommunitySolidarity.org for updates as this date approaches.

Location:
Huntington Food Share
E. 6th St. & Fairground Ave.
Huntington, NY 11743


Wednesday, November 23rd @ Various Times All Day

Community Solidarity Caravans

Vegan Thanksgiving

On Wednesday, Nov. 23rd Community Solidarity will be organizing volunteers interested in picking up and delivering food across The idea is to pair volunteers together, have them collect donations of food and clothing, and have them deliver those donations to people in need across Long Island.

If you have any questions about this event please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org or if you'd like to signup to help out, please take the pledge here.

Locations:
Various locations across Long Island & NYC.


Thursday, November 24th 11:00am

Community Solidarity Thanksgiving Lunch in Farmingville

Vegan Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, you're invited to share lunch with Community Solidarity in Farmingville at our weekly Food Share location off Horseblock Rd. (click here for the address).

From 11am-1pm we'll be sharing hot meals with anyone who'd like to stop by. Feel free to cook up your tasty vegan dishes and share them with the hundreds of people who will be stopping by. This event is being run as a potluck so your participation is greatly appreciated. You can bring extra clothing, books or whatever else you can think of.

Please consider sharing your time to help make this event, and our other Thanksgiving events, as great as possible. Take the Pledge to Get Involved Here or help by Donating Some Funds.

Location:
Farmingville Food Share
Horseblock Rd & Woodycrest Dr
Farmingville, NY 11738

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/933015073469236/


Thursday, November 24th 6:30pm

Farmingville Food Share

Vegan Thanksgiving

After a week of crazy events it's easy to forget that we still have our weekly Food Share in Farmingville (Please note we'll be holding this Share 30 minutes before our regular time). Unfortunately, since this Food Share is during dinnertime on Thanksgiving many of our regular volunteers will be with their families, and there for, not be able to make it. Because of this we're asking for your help, with the Share and the litany of pickups we do before hand. If you're interested in helping out please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org or take the pledge here.

Location:
Farmingville Food Share
Horseblock Rd & Woodycrest Dr.
Farmingville, NY 11738


Friday, November 25th 10:30am

5th Annual Black Friday Free Store


In the spirit of giving and mutual aid, and in solidarity with striking Walmart workers, the Occupy Free Store will be holding its second annual Black Friday Free Store event in Walmarts parking lot, continuing the tradition we started last year with our "100% Off For The 99%!" event.

Location:
161 Centereach Mall,
Centereach, New York 11720

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/205937839835218/


Friday & Saturday, November 25th & 26th

Pies Not Bombs!

Vegan Thanksgiving

You may not realize this, but every food store on Long Island tosses out their surplus pumpkin and apple pies the day after Thanksgiving. That's unless we come in to save them! Long Island Food Not Bombs will be traveling to stores across Nassau, Suffolk, Kings and Manhattan counties to collect those pies for redistribution. Last year we shared thousands of pies with our neighbors and with your help we hope to do an even better job of it this year.

Locations:

Friday, November 25th @1pm
To be Annouced

Saturday, November 26th @Noon
Wyandanch Food Share
Straight Path & Commonwealth Dr.
Wyandanch, NY 11798

Saturday, November 26th @3pm
Bed-Stuy Food Share
Lafayette & Marcy Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11216

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1265121303544615/


Sunday, November 27th @2pm

Let's Not Let It Go To Waste, Hempstead

Vegan Thanksgiving

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving we're expecting a massive surplus of food leftover from Thanksgiving. We know that we'll need a ton of extra volunteers and vehicles to transport all those goods. We don't want anything going to waste. If you're interested in helping out please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org or take the pledge here.

Location:
Hempstead Train Station
W. Columbia St. & Station Plaza.
Hempstead, NY 11550


Monday, November 28th All-day

Let's Not Let It Go To Waste, Long Island

Vegan Thanksgiving

On the Monday after Thanksgiving we're expecting a massive surplus of food leftover from Thanksgiving. We know that we'll need a ton of extra volunteers and vehicles to transport all those goods. We don't want anything going to waste. If you're interested in helping out please email us at volunteers [at] communitysolidarity [dot] org or take the pledge here.

Location:
Hempstead Train Station
W. Columbia St. & Station Plaza.
Hempstead, NY 11550


Closing Thoughts

Previous Years' Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanzas

Vegan Thanksgiving

Are you curious about what the Community Solidarity Thanksgiving Bonanza looked like in years past? Our previous Thanksgiving celebrations were our largest events ever, but for 2016 we're looking to out do ourselves. You can find more information about our past celebrations, write ups, pictures and videos here.

We hope these memories inspire you to Take The Pledge To Volunteer!