A $500,000 product donation—equivalent to more than 100,000 meals—from plant-based nutrition formula company Kate Farms was recently made to hunger-relief organization Meals on Wheels West in an effort to feed vulnerable seniors who are most at-risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Product was recently distributed in Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles and is being expanded to communities across the state, including San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Long Beach, this week. The product donation includes the brand’s three core products: Komplete Shakes in coffee, vanilla, and chocolate flavors; Peptide 1.5 in chocolate and vanilla; and Standard formula in chocolate and vanilla. 

Meals on Wheels said the current pandemic has increased the demand for its services across the nation and specifically in Southern California. The organization expects the number of homebound seniors served to increase by 40 percent over the coming weeks. “These are unprecedented times. Delivering high-quality, nutritious food to those who are most susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic is critical,” Chris Baca, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels West, said. “That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with Kate Farms. We are grateful for the generous donation that will provide more vital nutrition to our clients who need it now more than ever. Kate Farms is helping to maintain the health and wellness of our clients.”