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Million Dollar Vegan and Viva! have pledged to provide 2,000 vegan meals to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campaigners from both groups say their generosity will also help ‘highlight the risks of animal agriculture to public health’. 

Vegan meals

Hot vegan meals will be distributed to charities such as FareShare and Bristol Soup Run Trust, as well as food banks across Bristol, throughout November.

Both organizations have been praised by local politicians including Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East.

‘The impacts of climate change’

In a statement sent to PBN, McCarthy said: “Already, we’re seeing the impacts of climate change – forest fires, droughts, floods, storms, and heatwaves. These will only worsen over the coming years. 

“Especially, if companies and governments continue with deforestation linked to the production of food and other commodities. 

“Thankfully, none of this is inevitable. But, to prevent it, we must make some changes in how we live – and eat – right now. 

“I’m really pleased to see this support for Bristol organisations. [They] have done a brilliant job in responding to food poverty in the city, especially during the recent pandemic.”

‘Veganism is empowering’

Kate Fowler is the Director of Communications at Million Dollar Vegan.

She said: “What we choose to buy and eat has profound consequences. It goes way beyond our taste buds and waistlines.

“It affects our own health, the health of our planet, how long we will have workable antibiotics, when another pandemic will come and whether we will be able to slow down climate change. “

Will Sorflaten, Campaigner at Viva!, added: “Veganism is empowering. It’s the most beneficial change any individual can make on the climate crisis, food hunger, our health.”

Soflaten added that a vegan lifestyle can ‘massively reduce’ the risk of another pandemic.

Liam Gilliver

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.