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Award-winning singer Paloma Faith is supporting two vegan charities that are delivering plant-based meals to vulnerable people.

The star says she’s ‘delighted’ to back Made In Hackney and Million Dollar Vegan. Both organizations have teamed up to help feed families, the elderly, young people in hostels, hostel residents, those on low incomes, and people who are shielding due to COVID.

Since March 2020, Made In Hackney has provided 65,000 meals within its community. However, as the pandemic continues for longer than most anticipated, the charity needs additional funds. 

Having supported Made In Hackney when the first lockdown began, Million Dollar Vegan has stepped in and funded another 2,000 meals – which will help the service continue for another two weeks. 

Paloma Faith

Faith, who was born in Hackney, London, describes the partnership as a ‘beautiful act of love’. 

In a statement sent exclusively to PBN, the celeb said: “This pandemic has changed all our lives, and reaching out to support those left vulnerable is a wonderful act of kindness by Million Dollar Vegan and Made in Hackney. 

“I’m delighted to support their program to provide delicious plant-based meals to those who need them most in east London. It’s a beautiful act of love and doesn’t the world need a bit more of that?”

Plant-based meals

Joe Stratton is Million Dollar Vegan’s UK Campaign Manager. He said: “What we choose to buy and eat has profound consequences on the world around us. 

“It affects both our short-term and long-term 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. 

“These are thereal-lifeissues we face, but we are not helpless. Every one of us who is privileged enough to have food choices can play a part in protecting ourselves, our planet, and our future, simply by opting for more plant-based meals.”

Access to ‘nutritious food’

Moreover, Sarah Bentley is the founder of Made In Hackney. She says the pandemic has highlighted and worsened the issue of people ‘not having access to nutritious food of their preference’.

“Living costs, especially in an area like Hackney, have spiraled,” Bentley added. “Yet wages and benefits have largely remained the same. [This] pushes families into making impossible decisions such as whether they heat their home or eat. 

“Missing meals and going hungry is a daily reality for millions of households. In a country with the resources that the UK has, this is inexcusable. 

“Until radical social change happens – where wages and benefits go up in line with real-life living costs… Community food services such as ours will be a vital part in ensuring people don’t go hungry.”

Click here to learn more about Million Dollar Vegan and Made In Hackney

Liam Giliver

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'.