Laila Aziz, Sartteka Am Ab Nefer, Ebonay Lee, Sun Gawd – Vegan Soul SD Community Meal Prep
We are committed to increasing the amount of African American female vegans, who are the primary meal providers for their families. According to the Center of Disease control over 50% of African American women are considered obese. Over 44% of African American women suffer from hypertension. The life expectancy rate for African American women is three years lower than Non-Hispanic White women and six years lower than Hispanic women .African American women are dying sooner than any other demographic. In a study, published by the United States National Library of Medicine, focusing on African American populations a vegan diet directly reduces obesity and hypertension. Forty four percent of vegan/vegetarians had a lower incident of hypertension. The obesity rate was forty-three percent of non-vegetarians. The research is there, proving that a vegan lifestyle improves health. Also, with a demand in vegan food the prices should begin to lower and the meat industry should begin to decrease. A meat based diet is a death sentence to the African American community which is plagued with hypertension and diabetes.
In support of this goal, Vegan Soul Sd will host vegan meal prep activities, and support a vegan lifestyle among African American women. Community members will bring a meal to prep that will be affordable and accessible to all community members. We are a collective of vegans located in Southeastern San Diego, one of the poorest areas in San Diego. We are committed to increasing the amount of African American female vegans, who are the primary meal providers for their families. Our goal is to utilize an intersectional approach, as African American women cease eating meat and feeding it to their families, their health will improve and the meat and dairy industry will decrease.