What a wonderful Summer Season at Chilis on Wheels! Our days were packed with delicious vegan food, and lots of solidarity and service!
TheVTeamTour had a meal distribution in Portland, Maine before heading to Boston for a talk on community building for vegan advocacy at the Vegetarian Society of Boston. We then participated in two panels at Animal Rights Conference, speaking of running a successful local group, and human abuse by animal agriculture. We loved making connections and friendships and left the conference with a donation of their left-over Tofurky hotdogs and sliced deli meats, which we split between the Baltimore and the NYC chapter.
Boston’s chapter distributes meal the third Sunday of the month. They have secured in-kind donations of pots from the community, and established a relationship with Mass Appeal, who donates fresh produce to nonprofits in Boston. The chapter has already expanded to three locations! Roxbury & BMC, and in Brockton.
Baltimore had distributions of Torfurky meat sandwiches and hotdogs, and continues to dish out compassion at the St. Vincent De Paul’s Church.
The New Bruinswick chapter in NJ has its first distribution on September 24th! It will be mobile, as we will be walking the train station and adjacent streets!
The NYC chapter continues thriving! During the summer we held several special events. Our friends and supporters at Martys V Burger donated some crumbles, and we organized a Community Sloppy Joe Party! Later on, they also donated 450 drumstix and we organized a Wings are for Flying Community Party! We obtained leaflets focused on birds and their exploitation by animal agriculture, and this was such a success that we had people in the following weeks tell us they loved it, were considering veganism, were sending the info to their family members in Chile, and asking us for Marty’s address! Connecting the animal and the vegan alternative was really powerful and effective.
Michelle Thiele, our NYC Chapter Director spoke with The Humane League in their Volunteer Day about homelessness, food insecurity, and veganism. And how we as vegans can build community to fight on all fronts.
Michelle T. is currently leaving on maternity! We are so happy for her and her family, and so grateful to her for all she has done for the community. Prema, Carla, and Somali are taking on organizing the chapter, and we are still looking for one or two more people to organize distributions on alternate weeks!
We did some vegan education and youth engagement outreach at City Tech College and PTech, the New York State Pathways in Technology, and hope to see some of the youth soon at distribution, as some showed interest, both in veganism and in volunteering. We are so grateful to teachers and professors that open their classroom to us!
Coming up, we have a lot of events including our Third Annual Thanksgiving Community Vegan Feast on Thanksgiving Day, which we have already started organizing and which we need help to put together! If you have some time to loan to us, get in touch!
TheVTeamTour is staying around the East Coast until December, visiting and strengthening the chapters and ensuring stability and success and happy thriving communities!
As always, your donations go straight to program expenses. Please consider gifting us the ability to continue our work and unite people in our communities! And if you haven’t already, consider ordering a copy of the The Baby and Toddler Vegan Feeding Guide by Julia Feliz Brueck, a portion of the proceeds benefits Chilis on Wheels! Remember to choose Chilis on Wheels on your Amazon Smile account, for an extra donation every time you shop! And consider visiting our Amazon Wishlist for a direct in-kind donation!