The Portland chapter of Chilis on Wheels had their first trial vegan chili run! They distributed 31 meals!
They are owners of Open Source Cafe, an amazing vegan food truck, and so they already have perfect facilities to make and distribute the chili.
They prepared chili, coleslaw, and biscuits! All vegan of course!
Kim reports to being surprised at the amount of women that they met living in the streets. Statistically in the United States 38% of people sleeping in shelters are women. It’s a lower number than their male counterpart, but it’s still pretty high, and this does not include people that sleep in the streets.
They took a lot of pictures. I am included some here, for the rest, go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chilisonwheelsportland “Like” them if you haven’t already and congratulate them on their amazing first outing!
This picture made me particularly emotional. They made a banner to put on the side of their truck with our logo and our slogan. I admit to breaking down in tears when I saw it. It dawned on me that the efforts that Ollie, Ivan, and I started have become so much large than us and those initial 15 meals we prepared. Chilis on Wheels is now in 4 states and Puerto Rico. It’s amazing, really. I am overflowed with gratitude to Peter and Kim for taking it to Portland, to our supporters, our fans, our friends, our family, our community.
We are just getting started!