6 Plant-Based Companies Working to Make Things a Little Better

6 Plant-Based Companies Working to Make Things a Little Better

  • Hannah Bugga
  • Hannah Bugga

While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate all the goodness and kindness in the world. As Mercy For Animals president Leah Garcés said, “Our mission has always inspired us to find light in the midst of darkness, to see a path forward, even when the world seems so very bleak.”

Here are just a few incredible plant-based companies who embody this sentiment and shine a light into the world:

Miyoko’s Creamery

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, vegan cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery planned to send their grilled cheese food truck on a tour of the United States. Instead, the food truck is now handing out between 1,500 and 2,000 vegan grilled cheese sandwiches each week to hospital workers and those in need. The company’s founder and CEO, Miyoko Schinner, told VegNews:

Repurposing our food truck is the least we can do for our heroes on the front line and people who are now struggling in our communities. While bringing cheese crafted from plants to consumers is about creating a more compassionate food system, compassion also extends to how we treat each other day in and day out.

Beyond Meat

Plant-based company Beyond Meat has pledged to distribute over a million Beyond burgers at no cost! The company has already donated to food banks across the country and is currently working to deliver Beyond Meat prepared meals to hospitals, community centers, and more. Their website says:

Our goal has always been to use food as a vehicle for change and we’re fortunate to be in a position to put that into action now like never before. Our hope is that this donation will help make lives easier and contribute to the strong sense of community that is so vitally important during these unprecedented times.

Slutty Vegan

Vegan burger joint Slutty Vegan has joined forces with The Pinky Cole Foundation to donate plant-based burgers to senior care facilities. Both Slutty Vegan and The Pinky Cole Foundation were founded by Aisha “Pinky” Cole, who posted on the foundation’s Instagram:

Residents of Senior Living facilities are identified as high risk. We are proud to help in any way that we can. Please send your support to the staff working tirelessly to ensure the safety of our community elders during #COVID19.

The Pizza Plant

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CHILDREN SEE MAGIC BECAUSE THEY LOOK FOR IT. 🚨Due to Covid-19 many kids are unable to attend school, which is where many eat lunch. Thus, many children may go without meals. USHS is overwhelmed more than ever before as a result of this historic and unprecedented moment in all our lives. Our Founder, an immigrant from Guatemala, recalls the free lunches that he and his sister would receive and how valuable it was to his parents while they got their footing in their new home, the United States of America. It's true that alone we are strong, but together we are stronger. Therefore, it occurred to us that one pizza directly from you could make a huge difference for USHS because cut into six slices, it can feed up to 3 children. Two pizza, 6, Three, 9, etc. PAY IT FORWARD: Consider buying at least one organic, nutrient dense, scratch made, plant based pizza, and we will deliver it to Union Station Homeless Services, an organization that has been dedicated to helping the Pasadena community for over 45 years. Find the ordering link can be found in our bio. Aside from the impact this call to action will have, paying it forward also has several health and social benefits, including that giving makes us feel happy, giving promotes cooperation and social connection, giving evokes gratitude, and giving is contagious.

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Upon realizing the Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena, California, needed food after the city’s shutdown, plant-based pizzeria The Pizza Plant donated 48 frozen vegan pizzas. The pizzas fed nearly 100 children, many of whom would normally rely on lunches from school. The Pizza Plant founder Marvin V Acuna told VegNews:

As I grow older and ponder the meaning of life, I find myself returning to the same answer. It’s family, friends, and community. And as we considered how best to support the children of the Pasadena community during this historic and unprecedented time, Union Station Homeless Services emerged as the clear and absolute choice.

Beyond Sushi

The owners of plant-based New York restaurant chain Beyond Sushi, Guy and Tali Vaknin, are supporting healthcare workers by running a GoFundMe campaign. Guy and Tali have already donated a plant-based care package to Metropolitan Hospital and plan to send more vegan meals to local hospitals per every $200 raised.

Bobo’s

Plant-based snack company Bobo’s has developed a limited-edition “Healthcare Heroes” bar. For every new bar purchased, Bobo’s will donate 20 of their “Bobo’s Bites” to hospitals and medical staff across the country. Bobo’s CEO, T.J. McIntyre, stated:

We rely on our healthcare workers in a tremendous way—now more than ever. As an essential business, we are fortunate to continue making our wholesome, on-the-go snacks for consumers, but we need to take the extra effort to support our modern-day healthcare heroes on the frontline during these extraordinary times.” 

With so many vegan businesses helping communities, it’s important that we do our part as well. If you are able, support small vegan businesses by ordering contactless delivery, buying gift cards, or leaving positive reviews on social media. Check out HappyCow to find a business near you!