By Jules Lavallee
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 6/25/2021- Friday, June 25, Hollywood actress and best-selling author Alicia Silverstone will join Million Dollar Vegan in handing out 500 freshly cooked vegan meals to children and families of Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights. These meals include delicious mock-chicken and mock-beef burritos from Sugar Taco, Beyond-sausage Calzone from The Concierge Kitchen, and plant-based ‘Pig Out’ snacks donated by Outstanding Foods, Inc.
The vegan food-share event, hosted by global charity Million Dollar Vegan for the Boys & Girls Club of Boyle Heights in East LA, is one of several similar events taking place around the world as part of a $1M campaign to promote plant-based nutrition and support underserved communities.
At the event, Alicia – who has been a vegan for two decades – will also be giving a short talk on the health benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle, and handing out free copies of her bestselling cookbook: The Kind Life.
Campaign supporter Alicia Silverstone comments:
“A plant-based diet can protect us from chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes – conditions that are prevalent in under-resourced communities like this one. Shifting towards a plant-based food system would also reduce our risk of future pandemics, by alleviating climate change, deforestation, and the need for factory farms. That’s why providing food aid focused on plant foods is more crucial now than ever.”
Naomi Hallum, CEO of Million Dollar Vegan comments:
“Providing nutritious vegan meals to the Boyle Heights community is about equity; it’s about justice and giving these families access to wholesome food and nutritional guidance that will nurture their health and empower them to make better choices for themselves and their loved ones.”
Boyle Heights is one of the most densely populated yet disadvantaged areas in LA, but it wasn’t always that way. When Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am was young, his neighborhood of Boyle Heights was thriving. Now, the vegan musician is working to expand access to education for the children there through his i.am.angel Foundation.
Meanwhile, the Boys & Girls Club provides a refuge for the neighborhood’s children, who struggle daily with real life circumstances of poverty, under-resourced neighborhoods, low educational attainment, gang violence, substance abuse, poor health outcomes, and food insecurity.
Million Dollar Vegan is on a mission to donate one million meals worldwide as part of a campaign to promote plant-based nutrition, fight food injustice, spread compassion, and reduce the risk of future pandemics – most of which have historically come from animals and animal products. British icon Joanna Lumley OBE and rock-star activist Bryan Adams recently supported the charity’s food relief efforts in India, and to date they’ve handed out more than 400,000 meals worldwide.