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Vegan Thanksgiving Community Feast Needs Our Help

by | October 11, 2018

Are you having a vegan Thanksgiving and want to give back? Well, there is a community that needs our help.

Chilis on Wheels is a non-profit organization that serves vegan meals to the homeless in cities across the U.S.A. including NYC, Boston, Washington D.C. Puerto Rico, and Honolulu, to name just a few of their ten chapters. Chilis on Wheels has served over 38,000 meals in just four years since its conception. Beyond food sharing, they run community workshops teaching people the values of being vegan, and they also run a weekly free store providing cruelty-free personal care supplies and sleeping bags to those in need. They hold bi-monthly clothing drives and just when you think this organization couldn’t be any more amazing, they also provide vegan dog food to the animals of people going through homelessness.

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They are in the process of organizing their 4th annual vegan Thanksgiving Community Feast which will take place at noon on Thanksgiving Day in Thompkins Square Park. Where there will be a cornucopia of vegan food, a coat and clothing drive, cruelty-free personal care packages and a kids area. There will also be a booth providing information on veganism and local community and social service resources. This year in a collaboration with Brown Bike Girl, volunteers will be delivering food throughout Manhattan to people living on the streets, in need of a hot vegan Thanksgiving meal.

On Thanksgiving Day, we serve more than a thousand meals to hungry New Yorkers all across Manhattan! Our community gathers in Tompkins Square Park for a full spread of vegan food, coat and clothing drive, cruelty-free personal care packages, a kids area, and information regarding veganism along with local community and social service resources! Our food is then packaged and distributed along routes throughout Manhattan to people in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal. As volunteers and community members feast together, we shatter the “them vs. us” barrier and enjoy delicious vegan food in solidarity.”

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In previous years, Chilis on Wheels has been able to run this event with the help of their own volunteers. Unfortunately this year, the New York City Parks Department is charging them a fee to set up in Tompkins Square Park. This year the organization is also responsible for making sure that all the food is handled and prepared at a licensed kitchen with a valid certificate from the health department, leaving them with a cost of $10,000 for permits, insurance, food, and supplies.

A Crowdwise campaign has been set up to help get what is desperately needed for this event, which you can find HERE

Additionally, donations can be made online HERE or a check can be mailed to Michelle Carrera, Chilis On Wheels, 701 Avenue C, Suite 7B, Brooklyn, NY 11218.

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Our Beginnings…

“Chilis on Wheels was started in November of 2014 by Michelle Carrera. When she couldn’t find a soup kitchen that served a vegan Thanksgiving meal, she decided to prepare her own chili and take it directly to the community. After seeing first hand the need for such a program, she became inspired and committed to bringing vegan food to those in need.”

Our Mission…

“Chilis on Wheels makes veganism accessible to communities in need through services such as meal shares, food demos, clothing drives, and mentorship. We provide networks of support and build strong empowered communities within the areas that we serve.”

Our Culture…

“We believe in treating all living beings with kindness, empathy, and respect regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, ability, ethnicity, class, circumstance, environment, level of addiction, or species. Because of this, we do not turn away anyone in need of our assistance.”

Our Vision…

“Chilis on Wheels believes that an empowered community is key in dismantling systematic inequalities that prevent veganism from being attainable by poor and low-income communities. Through our networks of support, we’re collectively building alternate systems to make veganism accessible to the areas that we serve.”

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