The global nonprofit organization will deliver 1,000 free meals by bicycle on December 30 to essential workers, youth centers, the elderly and people in shelters
SANTA BARBARA (23 December 2020): The Great Vegan Meal Train is coming and it’s due to arrive in Los Angeles right on time! For the first time, a peloton of cyclists will converge on the City of Angels to deliver 1,000 hot meals to essential workers, marginalized communities, youth centers, homes for the elderly and people in shelters on December 30 as part of Million Dollar Vegan’s mission to deliver one million free meals by 2022.
A global nonprofit that advocates taking pandemics off the menu by adopting a vegan diet along with providing education about the public health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Million Dollar Vegan is purchasing the meals from four local restaurants – Concierge Kitchen, Sugar Taco, Veggie Grill and Voodoo Vegan – and deploying two-wheeled volunteers to deliver food to locations including the Hollywood Food Coalition, Southern California Hospital at Hollywood, Los Angeles LGBT Center, TransLatin@ Coalition, volunteers at Project Angel Food and two elderly-living facilities in Hollywood Plaza.
“This is the first time that we have decided to form a meal train so that cyclists can deliver large volumes of food to those that need it while staying socially distanced. We have done giveaways of a thousand meals before, but we wanted to make this one a little special because of the holidays, the time when people in need are often forgotten. We want to make sure that we are reaching out to people, people who may otherwise go hungry as well as essential workers who, unlike the majority of us, don’t necessarily get to spend the holidays at home with their families. In addition to shelters, youth centers and the elderly, we’ll be delivering meals to hospital workers and other essential workers,” said Naomi Hallum, CEO of Million Dollar Vegan, an organization that to date has provided over 300,000 free meals in more than fourteen countries.
Volunteers will be given Million Dollar Vegan branded long-sleeve cycling t-shirts and some will be dressed in farm animal costumes for fun. The Great Vegan Meal Train is backed by celebrities, famous athletes and renowned physicians, such as actress/author/entrepreneur Alicia Silverstone, award-winning musician-activist Moby, R&B singer Mya, WWE wrestler Ryback Reeves, Team USA Olympic volleyball player Dustin Watten, Dr. Angie Sadeghi and Dr. Kim Williams.
The plant-based meals being delivered will consist of creole-style red beans, sausage and rice bowls made by Voodoo Vegan, truffle mushroom mac N cheese from Concierge Kitchen, veggie burritos made by Sugar Taco and Mediterranean falafel wraps from Veggie Grill.
Part of Million Dollar Vegan’s aim is to bolster vegan businesses struggling in the wake of the pandemic.
“This is a terrible time for restaurants, too. We are not asking any of them to donate food and nobody can afford to do that during these difficult times. Our mission to deliver one million meals is also aimed at supporting restaurants and small businesses, buying food from them during a time when they’re struggling for business and taking it to people who wouldn’t normally have access to food like this,” said Hallum.
Million Dollar Vegan grabbed international headlines when Sir Paul McCartney teamed with teen activist Genesis Butler to challenge The Pope to go vegan for Lent in exchange for a $1 million donation to charity. The organization distributes free vegan starter kits and invites everyone to take the 31-day vegan challenge. Participants receive daily recipes, inspiration, health and nutritional information, videos, and other guidance and support during the challenge to help make the journey easy. Sign up on the Million Dollar Vegan website at https://www.milliondollarvegan.com/go-vegan/.
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About Million Dollar Vegan
Operating in ten countries, Million Dollar Vegan is dedicated to educating people about the public health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. They provide free nutritional guidance and support for new vegans along with free plant-based meals to essential works and underserved communities in more than 14 countries. They’ve teamed with Sir Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Joaquin Phoenix in challenging Pope Francis to Fight Climate Change With Diet Change by going vegan for Lent in return for a $1 million donation to the charity of his choice. Although he declined the challenge, The Pope gave the charity his blessing. Million Dollar Vegan has inspired over 150,000 people to adopt a plant-based diet this year and are on a mission to deliver one million free vegan meals by 2022. Additional information is available at https://www.milliondollarvegan.com.