Our Bath Vegan Food Bank project has permanently closed as of 5th May 2023. If you live in BANES (Bath and North East Somerset) and are struggling financially please contact the Community Wellbeing Hub on tel: 0300 247 0050 to find out what other support there is in your area. https://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk/
Bath Vegan Food Bank was a Vegans Against World Hunger-run project which provided food and other essential items to people (whether or not they were vegan) in and around Bath who were struggling financially.
The project was set up in May 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and closed after three years, in May 2023. Bath Vegan Food Bank was a member of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN).
We are very grateful to everyone involved in helping our Bath Vegan Food Bank project including our fantastic team of volunteers, everyone who donated money, food or other items, the suppliers who donated food, and the shops which had food donation collection points for us.
Second National Lottery Community Fund Grant
Thank you to The National Lottery Community Support Fund for their second grant to our Bath Vegan Food Bank project. This grant will help us to reach more people who are struggling to put food on the table.
Art Poster Auction fundraiser
A huge thank you to The Art of Compassion Project for choosing us as a beneficiary of the Art Poster Auction, along with NSW Hen Rescue https://henrescue.org/, to the amazingly talented artists who included their work in the auction and to everyone who placed a bid. The auction was held during July and August 2020 and raised a total of £1,644. Vegans Against World Hunger received £822 from the auction which will help us to continue supporting people suffering from food poverty, without hurting animals. A massive thank you to everyone involved.
National Lottery Community Fund Grant
Our Bath Vegan Food Bank project recently received a Coronavirus Community Support Fund grant. Thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This grant will help us to reach more people over the next six months who are financially struggling due to the coronavirus.
We still need help to support our Bath Vegan Food Bank clients who are struggling financially for reasons other than the coronavirus. If you’d like to donate you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bathveganfoodbank.
Welcome to our new trustee Dr. Rajiv Karia
A warm welcome to our new trustee Dr. Rajiv Karia who joins us in July 2020. Rajiv is a practising GP who is passionate about veganism and helping to address the issue of hunger in the UK and worldwide. We look forward to working with Rajiv and know he’ll be a valuable member of the team.
Bath and North East Somerset Third Sector Group article
Bath Vegan Food Bank is a member of Bath and North East Somerset’s Third Sector Group, you can read their article about the food bank here: https://www.3sg.org.uk/news/introducing-bath-vegan-foodbank-how-you-can-help.
Volunteers’ Week Thank-yous
It’s Volunteers’ Week from 1st to 7th June 2020 and we’d like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers who have helped us over the last year. As a completely volunteer-run organisation we rely on the kind people who give their time for free, and we really can’t express how grateful we are. Volunteers like Mark French and Ranjan Joshi, who helped spread the word about Vegans Against World Hunger and the projects we support at Vegfest London and Jude Piper, Alex Duarte-Davies and Ruth Malloy who regularly deliver food parcels for Bath Vegan Food Bank, are invaluable in helping us to help those in need. Thank you all so much for all your hard work.
|Ranjan Joshi, Volunteer||Jude Piper, Volunteer||Alex Duarte-Davies, Volunteer||Ruth Malloy, Volunteer|
Thank You to Essential Trading Co-operative
We would like to thank Essential Trading Co-operative for their very kind food donation for Bath Vegan Food Bank, including breakfast cereal, mylks, bread, cookies, peanut butter, nākd bars and chocolate. This donation will help us reach more people and their generosity is really appreciated.
Bath Vegan Food Bank
We’re pleased to tell you about Bath Vegan Food Bank, the first project run by Vegans Against World Hunger. Covid-19 has seen an unprecedented rise in the use of food banks and we’re very happy to be able to directly support a local community in this way. A massive thank you to our volunteer drivers and to everyone who is donating food or money, because without you Bath Vegan Food Bank really couldn’t exist. To read more about the food bank and how you can help please see here.
Welcome to our new trustee Sarah Spector and farewell to Sally King
Hello and welcome to our new trustee Sarah Spector who joins us in May 2020. Sarah has charity sector, event planning and social media experience and is studying a BA in Business Management and Project Management. We look forward to working with Sarah and know she’ll be a valuable member of the team.
We’d also like to say a big thank you and farewell to Sally King who leaves us as a trustee. Sally was with us at the start and helped VAWH to find its feet during the first year.
Vegfest London, 26th and 27th October 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to talk to us at Vegfest London over the weekend and to those who came to our talk on the Saturday, it was great to talk to you and tell you about the projects we support. We’d also like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on the stall over the course of the weekend and to Vegfest for providing us with a free stall, it was great to be part of such a wonderful future.
Hanslope Autumn Vegan Fair, Sunday, 6th October 2019
Hanslope Vegan Fair very kindly provided us with a free stall at their lovely autumn fair, so a massive thank you! It was great to talk to visitors and fellow stall holders about VAWH and the projects we support.
Harlow Vegan Fair, Saturday, 14th April 2019
VAWH had a stall at Harlow Vegan Fair on 14th April, thank you to everyone who came to talk to us. We met quite a few people who weren’t vegan yet and it was really good to be able to talk about veganism in such a positive environment.
Grow Green Conference, 11th April 2019
We joined 200 other delegates at the Grow Green Conference on 11th April (at no cost to VAWH) to hear and discuss the latest thinking on moving away from animal agriculture and towards plant-based farming. We learned a lot and it was encouraging to hear about the potential that exists for the future of food production.
“The Grow Green 2019 conference at the British Library explored the potential and challenges of the shift towards farming more plants, and looked at the benefits for the environment, public health and animals.
It discussed the implications of this shift for farmers, land managers and rural communities and explored how we can work together to manage the challenges we face. It considered how we can tend our land more effectively, to provide for our changing diets, benefit our farming communities and protect our natural environment.
At the intersection of academia, policy-making, and agriculture, this conference saw leading lights descend on London to focus on problems and solutions in a concrete way, in order to secure a brighter, plant-strong future.”
“Dr Helen Harwatt of Harvard University launched a fresh report entitled Eating Away at Climate Change with Negative Emissions. It details a vision of a plant-based UK farming system which would reduce emissions and even achieve negative emissions by reforesting a portion of land currently used for animal agriculture.
The UN’s Marcela Villarreal explained how producing more pulses can help fix a “seriously flawed” food system in another keynote. And the final keynote saw Natalie Bennett call for more fruit and veg production to help hit climate goals and health targets. The day saw amicable discussion, much agreement, and some real solutions offered to the challenges we together face.”
Vegfest Brighton 23rd and 24th March 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to see us at our stall and came to our talk at Vegfest Brighton. We met some lovely people and had a fantastic time speaking with you all – it’s really good to know there’s such strong support for what we are doing. Also, a massive thank you to Vegfest for provding us with a free stall and a slot in the vegan activists hub. www.vegfest.co.uk/
A special thank you to everyone who donated or bought a raffle ticket. Congratulations to our raffle winners:
Winners of Vegan Hampers:
Caroline of Brighton
Maraj of Worthing
Rosie of Brighton
Damon, aged 10, of Eastbourne, who is very kindly donating his hamper to his local church’s homeless shelter.
Winner of the Polar Bear necklace and Vegan bracelet:
Rachel of Hove.
A massive thank you to Talisman Kind (formerly Love Libby X) for donating these lovely pieces of jewellery. https://www.facebook.com/TalismanKind/
Thank you also to Dan from Vegan Organic Network and to Dominique from The Vegan Society for drawing the winning tickets.