Michelle Carrera, Chilis on Wheels
Michelle Carrera has run the gamut of activism, as an animal rescuer, participating in campaigns, marches, petitions, workshops, and humane education classes for a wide range of animal rights organizations. She has also worked in adult literacy, immigration, food justice, and reproductive rights initiatives. Her wide spectrum of activism shaped her view of connected struggles, which led her to create Chilis on Wheels.
One out of every six Americans experience hunger and 20% of households with children are considered food insecure. In November of 2014, Michelle and her son Ollie searched for a soup kitchen where they could volunteer, but as a vegan family, they could not find one that accommodated their ethical principles. So Michelle created Chilis on Wheels, which cooks and provides vegan chili to people on the streets of New York who are in need of a warm meal.
Michelle explains, “We have been doing this for 3 months and I see a need to expand. Aside from the fact that there are no vegetarian or vegan soup kitchens, most regular soup kitchens close on the weekends and there is a real hunger problem.”
Chilis on Wheels hosts a table in the park, where anyone who is hungry can enjoy a delicious, healthy vegan meal. Their team of runners also look for those who are immobile or set up on the sidewalks to serve them a warm bowl of vegan chili. They are looking to expand food distribution from a monthly to a weekly basis.
Funding from the Pollination Project will be used for operational expenses such as supplies, equipment, and marketing costs.
GRANT AWARD DATE: March 7, 2015