Joaquin Phoenix, Billie Eilish Join Support + Feed to bring vegan burgers to LGBTQ youth
Vegan celebrities Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Billie Eilish and their family members helped distribute vegan meals to Los Angeles-based My Friend’s Place, which supports LGBTQ + youth affected by homelessness. “At a time when most people were concerned about their own health and safety, Maggie devised and implemented a plan to provide nutritious food to those who needed it most,” said Mara and Phoenix.
The group handed out meals donated by the fast food chain Monty’s Good Burger in celebration of the one year anniversary of Support + feed– an initiative launched by Eilish’s mother Maggie Baird in March 2020 to feed frontline workers and vulnerable groups while supporting local vegan restaurants. “It is incredible to believe that what we started as the COVID Rapid Response to help people with food insecurity by buying meals at small plant-based restaurants has become a real movement,” Baird said.
Support + Feed helps communities in need
Since launching Support + Feed, Baird has expanded the initiative to other cities such as New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC. During the November election season, Baird worked with a number of vegan companies, including Monty’s Good Burger, to feed voters and election workers in cities across the country including Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. “Giving to those in need is the foundation of Monty,” said chain co-founder Nic Adler. “By partnering with Support + Feed, we have been able to deliver plant-based meals to individuals and families in the most underserved communities. I couldn’t be more proud of the work Maggie and her army of volunteers have done over the past year. true heroes in the greatest time of need. “
In addition to feeding vulnerable population groups and supporting vegan restaurants, Support + Feed has the task of educating the public about the harmful environmental impacts of animal husbandry, which account for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. “What we imagined as a few months of effort turned into a full-time year of volunteering for so many, and now that we have seen and known the impact that getting this nutritious, delicious meal has had on people that everyone works on a plant basis The food we serve has a positive impact on climate change. We’re more committed than ever, ”said Baird.