A vegan food bank has opened in Bath, Somerset to help feed the hungry without harming animals
The founder of Vegans Against World Hunger, Helen Wright founded, has launched a new initiative in the city of Bath to help feed the hungry without causing suffering to animals as foodbank demand soars amid the pandemic.
With demand for food banks hitting unprecedented levels during lockdown, Wright decided to set up own to ensure fellow vegans would have somewhere to go to get the help they needed.
Vegan food bank
The vegan food bank currently feeds about 16 households a week, with food parcels including beans, lentils, fresh fruit and vegetables, plant milks, and a treat.
Vulnerable people need not worry about venturing out either as the food bank is currently delivering parcels directly to clients’ homes on a contact-free basis.
Wright, who has been vegan for eight years, told Somerset Live: “The foodbank was set up because of the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to do something to help. There’s no other vegan food bank in the area.
“One person I spoke to went to another food bank and would take out anything that wasn’t vegan from their food parcel, but it wasn’t always replaced with something vegan.”
Whilst Bath Vegan Food Bank only offers 100% vegan products, the food bank will not turn away non-vegans and aims to feed anyone who declares they are financially suffering.
“Being vegans, we don’t provide non-vegan products but you don’t have to be a vegan to use the food bank,” said Helen, who works in human resources.
“We’re open to anyone who declares they are financially suffering. As long as we can afford it and have the food available we will support people for as long as they need it.
Volunteering & fundraising
In order to feed as many people as possible in need in the local area, Wright has launched a fundraiser and is looking for volunteers and donations of vegan toiletries, and household products in order to offer the service to more people.
The vegan food bank is also seeking premises to store products that it can access once or twice a week.
“We currently run the food bank from home and are hoping to find some free premises to operate from and would be really grateful or any offers of help with this.
“We’re also looking for more volunteers. We currently need drivers to collect donations and deliver the food parcels. If we do find new premises we’ll also need volunteers to help sort the donations and pack the food parcels.
If you would like to donate to the food bank, please go to The Vegan Café in Moorland Road, Newleaf Healthfoods in Shaftesbury Road, and Seasons Natural Health Store in George Street.
The food bank currently delivers to Bath and North East Somerset residents in the BA1, BA2, BA3 and BS31 postcodes.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 07367 400636 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
You can also donate to the food bank’s fundraiser here.