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Keith McHenry

Born: 1957
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Food Not Bombs

With the help of seven friends in their shared house in 1980, Keith McHenry co-founded Food Not Bombs, an all-volunteer organization that collects surplus food from groceries and other business and uses it to prepare vegetarian meals for the homeless and hungry. The group gained most of its fame from numerous run-ins with San Francisco Police beginning in 1988, as officials tried to stop the mass feedings that drew large crowds of homeless people. McHenry says he has been arrested more than 100 times, and spent 500 nights in jail. He also ran the kitchen for Cindy Sheehan's 2005 peace vigil outside George W. Bush's Texas home, and coordinated volunteer food relief efforts as government agencies faltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. FNB now has hundreds of autonomous chapters around the world, and McHenry is still the group's webmaster and frequent public face. He now lives in a yurt outside Taos, New Mexico, where he co-founded the Taos Peace House.

    University: BFA Graphic Design, Boston University (1981)

    Food Not Bombs Founder
    Western National Park Association Bookstore Manager (2002-03)
    United Way Tucson Office Press Coordinator (2001-02)
    Piano Technicians Guild Media Coordinator (2000-01)
    Hallmark Digital Design Artist (1998-2000)
    San Francisco Bay Guardian Graphic Designer (1987-89)
    Brushfire Graphics Art Director (1979-86)

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Author of books:
Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community (1992, with C. T. Lawrence Butler)

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