Community Solidarity is America’s largest all-vegetarian hunger relief food program and we believe compassion for people, animals, and the environment go hand in hand. This philosophy of compassion has also allowed us to grow into what is undeniably the healthiest aid organization in the country.
Each week we assist thousands of families by sharing free nutritious vegetarian groceries and hot gourmet vegan meals. These plant-based foods aren't just healthier than anything offered by mainstream food banks, they're more compassionate and more sustainable.
Promoting a vegan diet, empowering communities, ending hunger and saving animals is what the cruelty-free mission of Community Solidarity is all about. We'd love for you to learn more about us, our work and how we can help people, animals, and the earth together!
Community Solidarity is an organization that believes all suffering is wrong - human and animal. Alleviating hunger and alleviating animal suffering are not mutually exclusive; we believe they're linked. We believe the suffering of humans can't end if our society continues to justify the suffering of other living beings.
In our view, there's a blind indifference that makes it so easy for some people to overlook the hungry and poor among us. This is the same indifference that makes it so easy for many to overlook the suffering of animals in factory farms. It's an indifference that blinds people into overlooking the environmental destruction created by those factory farms. It's an indifference that blinds people into overlooking an economic system that devalues those poor animals lives while also devaluing the poor and hungry people in our own communities.
Essentially we see human, animal and environmental oppressions as all being the same. In so, we fundamentally believe that the only way to solve one of these problems is to address them all at once.
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Putting philosophy aside for a moment, we dare claim, that for our scale, the foods we share are of some of the healthiest, if not the healthiest, offered by any hunger relief organization across the country. Without a doubt, healthier than anything offered by this nation's food bank system.
There are many reasons for this. The first is that 48-70% of the foods we share each week consists of fresh produce. This range comes from seasonal adjustments between the winter when we don’t get food from local farms, and the summer, when we do. Yet, even in the winter, nearly half of what we distribute is fresh produce. In comparison to the average food bank, at which fresh produce often makes up less than 10% of what's distributed, the nutrition offered by Community Solidarity is in a league all of its own. This isn't even considering that most foods offered by food banks are heavily processed, and often loaded with cholesterol and sugars.
Yet, regardless of the health benefits provided by the fresh produce and vegetarian foods we share, our efforts are continuously challenged by the meat-eating establishment along with the majority of the nonprofit sector which they support. This doubt is pretty common and often upheld by outsiders to our community who make comments like, "people need meat for protein".
Well, where do you get your protein from anyway?
Simply put, beans, nuts, seeds and even vegetables have tons of protein. Not to mention that Community Solidarity shares tons of vegan meat substitutes like tofu, seitan, and tempeh. In 2016, we shared over 4.1 million pounds of vegetarian groceries which contained over 56,520,028.05 grams of protein, that's over 1,130,400.56 daily values! Put another way, in 2016 Community Solidarity shared more protein than 4,347,694.46 McDonald's hamburgers or 471,000.23 whole chickens! Needless to say, all through vegetarian sources. But that's not all, we shared more iron than 4,421,739.79 pounds of steaks, more thiamin than 3,841,348.84 pork chops and more folate than 20,943,277.85 20 pounds of turkeys!
Saving hundreds of thousands of animals lives, reducing environmental destruction caused by factory farming and decreasing health ailments caused by animal foods is what Community Solidarity is all about. Plus, we mentioned the free gourmet vegan meals, right? Well, the best way to try a bite is to get involved, help us build up the community by helping those in need and by promoting healthy compassionate vegetarian foods. You can also help us greatly by making a contribution as well! All funds go to help people and animals!