This week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, in partnership with The Campaign Against Hunger, began the distribution effort of 20,000 vegan meal replacements donated by Kate Farms to at-risk seniors and those experiencing food insecurity across Brooklyn. Founded in 2011 by Michelle and Richard Laver after their daughter Kate—who was born with cerebral palsy—could not tolerate formulas available on the market, Kate Farms produces plant-based meal replacements to provide complete nutrition options to the medical and healthcare communities. “Good nutrition is medicine, and now more than ever, we need high-quality nutrition like Kate Farms to restore and support health, deliver necessary nutrients and vitamins and boost overall immunity,” Adams said. “We are grateful to the food pantry leaders and volunteers for all they do to feed our community. We are thankful for companies like Kate Farms, who are jumping in to provide their support to Brooklyn right now.”
The meals are part of Kate Farms’ $1 million donation of meal replacements nationwide to help communities combat hunger during these unprecedented times. “Kate Farms was founded with the mission to bring plant-based nutrition to those most at-risk. We are doing our part to feed vulnerable seniors and deliver high-quality nutrition during this pandemic,” John Hommeyer, Chief Experience Officer at Kate Farms, said. “We are incredibly thankful for Eric Adams and organizations like The Campaign Against Hunger who are getting meals directly to those in need, especially the Black and Brown people already carrying the burden of economic disparity and underlying health conditions.” Last week, Kate Farms made a $500,000 product donation to Meals on Wheels to support a similar effort in Los Angeles.
Adams has been working to support his constituents throughout the pandemic and last month, the politician—who has been vegan since 2016—partnered with animal-rights group Mercy For Animals to help distribute 2,000 vegan meals (purchased by MFA from local vegan restaurants) to food-insecure Brooklynites.