New York City-based vegan chain Beyond Sushi recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to provide plant-based meals to the city’s healthcare workers. Owners Guy and Tali Vaknin kicked off the fundraiser by donating a care package to Metropolitan Hospital this week, and will continue to send care packages of individual meals to a local hospital for every $200 raised. Before creating the fundraising campaign, the chain delivered meals to 42 healthcare workers at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens as part of a community fundraiser for the medical center. So far, the chain has raised more than $2,700.
Vegan companies across the nation have stepped up to help frontline workers in the medical field as the world battles with the coronavirus pandemic. Vegan cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery will be distributing thousands of vegan grilled cheese sandwiches—which were initially meant to be part of the brand’s nationwide tour to promote its new legume-based cheese and oat-based butter lines—to hospital workers and people in need in California. Vegan brand Bobo’s is donating 20 granola bites to frontline workers for every six-pack of its new “Healthcare Heroes” oat bar purchased. And High Voltage Tattoo—a Los Angeles tattoo shop owned by vegan activist Kat Von D—recently donated medical supplies to local hospital LAC USC Medical Center.