Saturday Distribution: Why Do People Still Hate

The highlight of last Saturday’s Distribution was without a doubt, the poetry of Esi Grant. Esi just got out of the hospital, she had not been outside in four or five days, but her joy infected everyone around her. She was kind enough to share two of her poems with us.

After this next one, she hugged us all, and left. Leaving behind her inspiration and her joy. What a great break in our distribution! She filled our hearts.

We distributed 117 chili meals and 200 waters. A HUGE thank you to our favorite teenagers, the gals from Student Advocated for Animal Rights in Edward Murrow High School for holding a vegan bake sale in their school and surprising us with a $150.00 donation! They are truly an inspiration for the future, engaged participatory comitted youth. I look forward to continuing collaboration with them in the summer, with the new club leadership next school year, and to follow the new graduates in their college careers. They are off to do greater and bigger things, but I am sure they will continue to bring light to their communities, wherever they find themselves. I could not be prouder of the Veganteers!

Surprising donation from the Student Advocates for Animal Rights
Surprising donation from the Student Advocates for Animal Rights

I want to thank the Veganteers on Saturday, Erika, Hannah, Grace, Julianna, Melissa, Tia, Christopher, Bear, Ollie, and Ivan. We couldn’t have done it without you! We brought a little relief to a Saturday afternoon!

Melissa and Tia Team ready for distribution in the vicinity of the park.
Melissa and Tia Team ready for distribution in the vicinity of the park.
Erika manages the table.
Erika manages the table.

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Distributing
Distributing
Distributing
Distributing
Distributing.
Distributing.

Esi’s poem might be titled, Why Do People Still Hate, but our Saturday Distributions are filled with nothing but love. Thank you for the love.

Compassionate Weekend Warriors! Part I: Boston

This weekend we gave out chili samples at the Mission Hill Health Fair in Boston and distributed 70 vegan chili servings and 76 water bottles in NYC. It was a very busy weekend, and our bodies are tired, but our hearts are wired!

Our weekend started driving to Boston for the Mission Hill Health Fair. A big pot of freshly made chili rode shotgun as Ollie slept in his carseat in the back.  5 hours later and we made it to Boston! Ollie rushed to the playground in Mission Hill’s Park close to the table where we set up. Evie the event organizer was kind enough to set us up with a view of the playground, so that the kids could play while we tended to our table.

Before setting up, Ollie dives to the playground. #playstrong
Before setting up, Ollie dives to the playground. #playstrong
Chilis on Wheels set up at Mission Hill Health Fair in Boston.
Chilis on Wheels setup at Mission Hill Health Fair in Boston.
Chilis on Wheels set up at Mission Hill Health Fair in Boston
Chilis on Wheels setup at Mission Hill Health Fair in Boston

View of the fair.  [Photo taken from event's Facebook page]
View of the fair.
[Photo taken from event’s Facebook page]
View of the fair [Photo taken from event's Facebook page]
View of the fair [Photo taken from event’s Facebook page]
At the fair, we met with Founding Contributor (and childhood friend) Janette Lawrence and her son Elad. They helped us serve chili samples to those attending the fair. Elad and Ollie spent some time at the table, and most of their time in the playground and the bouncy castle. Thank you so much for helping us out! Your support has always been so important to us! Thank you!

Elad, Janette, Ollie, Michelle
Elad, Janette, Ollie, Michelle
Cheers!
Cheers!
Ollie and Elad
Ollie and Elad

Overall, the fair was a success! We gave out close to 100 vegan chili samples, we gave out flyers from Vegan Outreach and the Vegetarian Guides from Mercy For Animals (a huge thank you to Ellen Botti and James Scotto for providing me with the vegan literature), we connected with the community there, and met some wonderful people from Boston that are also doing amazing things. Thank you Maynard Clark for inviting us! We love Boston! We hope to come back again soon!

The return trip home took us a long time, what seemed like an eternity, really. Ollie slept through most of it. And as we entered New York City, we were greeted with a beautiful sunset. What more can you ask for?!

Zonked out
Zonked out
New York sunset
New York sunset

Update: See Compassionate Weekend Warriors! Part II: Distribution…

Succesful Saturday Distribution (with a lot of pictures!)

Today we had a super succesful saturday distribution. We delivered 44 vegan chili to the hungry, made possible by donations from Naiá Aiello, Nancy Sands, Mary McGillycuddy, and Kathryn Marquet. We ran out of chili and water bottles pretty fast, faster than usual. The warm weather made the parks and the streets alive with people. We will be increasing the amount of chili we make to offset the increase in need caused by the warm weather.

Ollie had a great time distributing, meeting the new people, giving out the waters (sometimes), playing with our volunteer kids, and playing basketball with some of the guys in Union Square.

Thank you to our volunteers today: Julianna, Hilda, Leia, Eric, Sammie, and the two very funny impromptu volunteers, Rodrigo and Antonio, from Italy, who couldn’t believe we give food and drink FOR FREE! And who once understood our mission, bought us a case of water bottles when we ran out and distributed our flyers.

Today was such a different experience, because the weather was finally nice and it brought out so many people! We’re very excited about making more chili and increasing the amount of people we reach!

I also feel that our kids are really learning about community, spending time and really connecting at a very real human level with all sorts of people, really learning from their environment and from us. Losing this fear of strangers that society drills in our head, and instead seeing people as they are. I have nothing but positive thoughts about each of our encounters. When you approach people with genuine love and empathy, people respond in equal measure.

Enjoy some of our pictures! See you all next Saturday!

 

 

Julianna and Michelle distributing.  Photo by Hilda Candelario
Julianna and Michelle distributing.
Photo by Hilda Candelario
The cart struggles Photo by Hilda Candelario
The cart struggles
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Ollie and Leialisten to this gentleman intently.  Photo by Hilda Candelario.
Ollie and Leialisten to this gentleman intently.
Photo by Hilda Candelario.
Ollie and Leia enjoy a hug while we distribute Photo by Hilda Candelario
Ollie and Leia enjoy a hug while we distribute
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Two guys with our chili.  Photo by Hilda Candelario
Two guys with our chili.
Photo by Hilda Candelario
A gentleman enjoys our vegan chili. Photo by Hilda Candelario
A gentleman enjoys our vegan chili.
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Ollie plays basketball with the guys. Photo by Hilda Candelario
Ollie plays basketball with the guys.
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Distributing vegan chili Photo by Hilda Candelario
Distributing vegan chili
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Julianna, Michelle, Leia, and Ollie at the table.  Photo by Hilda Candelario
Julianna, Michelle, Leia, and Ollie at the table.
Photo by Hilda Candelario
Some of our wonderful volunteers.
Some of our wonderful volunteers.
Love is fierce.
Love is fierce.

Ollie and Sammie instantly liked each other.

Ollie and Sammie instantly liked each other.

Negotiations between our volunteers: Hilda, Leia, Eric, and Sammie
Negotiations between our volunteers: Hilda, Leia, Eric, and Sammie
Rodrigo, Antonio, Julianna, Michelle Photo by Hilda Candelario
Rodrigo, Antonio, Julianna, Michelle
Photo by Hilda Candelario
On the way home, Ollie chose to pull on the cooler with wheels to help. This earned him Big Boy status.
On the way home, Ollie chose to pull on the cooler with wheels to help. This earned him Big Boy status.

 

 

 

Puerto Rico Chapter Dished Out Compassion

Last Sunday was the first vegan chili distribution of the Puerto Rico chapter of Chilis on Wheels and it was a success! Even under the pouring rain they were able to provide a warm vegan lunch to people in need. We are so proud of the Puerto Rico team for dishing out compassion!

 

In the making
In the making

March distribution 3

March distribution 4

 

March distributions 1

If you would like to donate to our Puerto Rico team, please click on our Donate menu link and specify that you would like your donation to go to their chapter.

Together we make the world better, together we warm up the world.

Another successful weekly distribution

Yesterday’s distribution of 31 vegan chili bowls was made possible by donations from Bianca Kläner, Karen Hutchins, and Danny Navajo. A big thank you to our team today, Julianna, Ivan and Ollie. It was cold, it snowed a little, and the streets and the park were less crowded but people still received their warm lunches. We continue meeting new people who are super thankful for our chili, people we love to connect to with their stories or with their smiles. Thank you for receiving our chili with open arms! Til next week!

 

Today's Chili Run Team: Ivan, Julianna, and Ollie!
Today’s Chili Run Team: Ivan, Julianna, and Ollie!
Ollie warms up with a chili
Ollie warms up with a chili
Quietly sitting at our table
Quietly sitting at our table

Chilis on Wheels on the Huffington Post Impact

Check us out in the Huffington Post Impact, thanks to The Pollination Project. The link to the article is here.

Thank you, The Pollination Project!

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