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.

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Saturday Distribution- Keep Heart

We distributed 113 chili, 200 water bottles, and 4 vegan dog food bags in a two hour span, thanks to our awesome veganteers, Dave, Erika, Christopher, Bear, Alicia, Ollie, Ivan, and Hannah. This was made possible by contributions made by Joanne Ehret. We did not have enough volunteers to go off and distribute in the vicinity of the park, so we stayed within it. Although the cloudy weather and the threat of rain kept people away, there was still enough of a need in the park to fulfill.

Dave and Erika distributing.
Dave and Erika distributing.
Erika distributing vegan chili.
Erika distributing vegan chili.
Park employees who were hard at work cleaning, stopped by later to enjoy a vegan chili.
Park employees who were hard at work cleaning, stopped by later to enjoy a vegan chili.
Lovely gentleman and Cinderella.
Lovely gentleman and Cinderella.

We are seeing repeat faces, getting to know the lovely Amanda, who has a way with the kids, and who also did us the favor of spreading the word that we were there.

Bear handing a water to Amanda.
Bear handing a water to Amanda.

Also seeing repeat doggy faces, like Frank’s baby.

Frank and his Baby.
Frank and his Baby.

We didn’t get a chance to take a lot of pictures while distributing, but when there were lulls in the rushes, I concentrated on the volunteers. Ollie and Bear have lots of fun together, as long as there are no sticks between them. Ollie loved this park passerby, Adela. He really loves the babies. And he got Dave to carry him horsey. After the distribution, we went out for some vegan ice cream at Sustainable NYC.

Ollie and Bear playing.
Ollie and Bear playing.
Ollie and Adela
Ollie and Adela
Dave the horsey.
Dave the horsey.
Ollie and Hannah enjoy a vegan ice cream treat!
Ollie and Hannah enjoy a vegan ice cream treat!

The trains were not working properly and I had to transfer a couple of times, struggling with the weight of the carts up and down the subway stairs by myself with Ollie. Some people had shoved us a little in the train, a certain sense of not having expressed myself successfully, and just a general sadness tied to a tiring day had settled in the train ride home. But as soon as I stepped out of my subway stop in Brooklyn, the sky had a lovely message for me. Keep heart. And really, that’s all I have, so I might as well hold on to it. A Heart that beats for the animals, for people in hardship, for my family and my community; a Heart that beats for a possible, better, softer, more just world for everyone, myself included.  Keep Heart, and do more. Always do more.

Keep Heart!
Keep Heart!

800 May Meals! *and pictures of distributions in San Diego and Puerto Rico*

Chilis on Wheels- Help us dish out compassion! Donate today.
Chilis on Wheels- Help us dish out compassion! Donate today.

April Showers and May Flowers. Here are our amazing blooms: close to 800 meals in the month of May! 800!

An amazing accomplishment, thanks to our Veganteers in New York, Portland, Denver, San Diego, and Puerto Rico!

I am proud and grateful beyond words and very excited about the future. If we can feed 800 people in a month out of our kitchens, imagine what we can do once we are established in a commercial kitchen?! I know this will happen, and our numbers, the amount of people that we help will keep on multiplying. 800 meals in a month! Help us continue this work! Make a donation! Share it with your friends! Help us increase this number!

This past weekend, San Diego and Puerto Rico distributed vegan chili to the homeless and the community. Thank you Tara and Nikki, and Zuleyka and Janice for dishing out compassion! Here are pictures of their distributions:

San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego

 

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico- CoW Kids
Puerto Rico- CoW Kids
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Memorial Day Weekend Distributions- Portland and Denver!

Memorial Day Weekend Distributions in the Portland and Denver chapters!

Denver Chapter had its first distribution! They served 30 meals and water bottles! Everything went by so fast, they didn’t even get a chance to take pictures! They will be doubling their servings for next time, they were so touched by need that they immediately stopped to buy a second pot for their next distribution.

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Vegan chili in reusable bowls
Vegan chili in reusable bowls
Jackie unloading the chili in the cooler on wheels
Jackie unloading the chili in the cooler on wheels
Denver chapter was so enthused with their distribution, they immediately stopped in a store to buy a second pot to double the meals for next distribution
Denver chapter was so enthused with their distribution, they immediately stopped in a store to buy a second pot to double the meals for next distribution

 

Portland Chapter gave out 49 chili, biscuit, and coleslaw! This is what they had to say: “We ended up with 18 quarts of chili. Enough for 49 servings. 46 of coleslaw and a small mountain of biscuits. Everyone was so sweet and thankful. The gratitude they showed was humbling. It’s just a drop in the bucket really and it’s not that hard to do. These people face more difficulties in a single day than we do in a year and they were giving US blessings! We’re all in this together and we need to take better care of each other.”

 

Coleslaw and other deliciousness
Coleslaw and other deliciousness
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Chilis on Wheels ready for a distribution
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Chilis on Wheels wagon!
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Distributing

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I am so incredibly moved by these efforts! Thank you Peter and Kim, Jackie and Karen for all you do, and the teams of Veganteers! Together we are helping our community, and being compassionate to animals, the environment, and people!

Stay tuned next weekend for another New York, San Diego and Puerto Rico distribution!