For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – As reported by the New York Post, in the face of a global pandemic that originated in a Chinese “wet market” and that has left millions of Americans sick, hundreds of thousands dead, and millions out of work, one charity is being recognized for helping people face the challenges of 2020 vegan-style: Support + Feed, PETA’s 2020 Company of the Year.
Founded by actor and screenwriter Maggie Baird—the mother of previous PETA awardee Billie Eilish—Support + Feed funds and coordinates food deliveries from vegan restaurants in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; New York; and Philadelphia to organizations serving people with food insecurity. Baird launched the initiative early in the pandemic in order to feed two birds with one scone by supporting the restaurant industry and vulnerable people alike.
“Support + Feed is helping to change the world, one delicious vegan meal at a time,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is recognizing this small but mighty operation for being a glimmer of vegan hope in the weirdest year ever!”
Filthy meat markets and factory farms threaten the health of everyone by providing a breeding ground for deadly diseases like COVID-19, SARS, MERS, bird flu, swine flu, and more. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals. In addition, researchers at the University of Oxford confirm that eating vegan is the single best way to help save the planet—and, of course, each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year.
Past winners of the award include Save the Duck, WeWork, Netflix, Beyond Meat, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Bangkok, Daiya, and Emulate.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.