A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my thoughts on starting a nonprofit group that feeds vegan food to the hungry. Maybe I’ll do it someday, but so far I’m all talk. John from Vegan Hills, however; is feeding vegan food to the needy. It’s so cool what he’s doing that I wanted to blab about him on my blog. Here’s his story:
The Lamb That Changed My Life!
Whilst patting a lamb one day, John began to question how it was that he could adore these little animals, yet also eat them. It made no sense. From that day onwards, he gradually stopped eating meat, chicken, and fish. Then he learned about cruel practices involved in the poultry and dairy industries. He wanted no part of this, or any other animal cruelty. So he became a Vegan. Vegan’s don’t consume or use any animal products.
He never felt better. Vegan food is super healthy, so he knew he was doing his body the world of good. After he learned that around 50% of global carbon emissions stem from animal agriculture, he also felt great knowing that he was doing his bit for the environment too. What’s more, he discovered that vegan food tastes fantastic and that there are many recipes to be found in books and online.
In February 2013, he began volunteering in Belgrave at Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service (DRERS). DRERS helps people in crisis. This can be caused by issues such as illness, loss of job, or domestic violence.
Knowing how important it is to eat healthy food, he wanted to include more vegan options for people at his organization. Thus, he started a project called, ‘Vegan Hills’. He sources vegan food and toiletries from the public and adds these to DRERS offerings. He also arranges for volunteers to come together to cook up vegan meals. The meals are either served to patrons at the drop-in centre, or frozen for clients.
If monetary donations are made (above $2 is tax-deductible), he purchases vegan supplies and includes these in his organization’s offerings. Any donations are much appreciated.
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