BEIRUT FOOD RELIEF PROGRAM
Volunteering & financing
With the help of a public fundraiser and support from Million Dollar Vegan, bulk food was bought from local shops and packed into medium boxes for families of 4-5 or smaller boxes for individuals. Vegan restaurants that were destroyed from the blast joined the initiative and prepared ready meals with their chefs and a team of volunteers.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Plant-based food boxes and ready meals distribution
In August 2020, Seb Alex launched a campaign in collaboration with Lebanese Vegans, to distribute plant-based food boxes and ready meals to families and individuals who were affected by the Beirut port explosion.
Our mission is to help both humans and other animals, by distributing strictly plant-based foods and paying the veterinary bills of other animals that were injured from the blast.
Each box also contains a full description of what plant-based diets are, resources of low cost recipes and a 21 day free support link to switch to a plantbased diet.
On the 4th of August 2020, shortly after 18:00, there was a colossal explosion in the port of Beirut that sent a mushroom cloud into the air and a supersonic blast-wave radiating through the city.
Beirut Governor said as many as 300,000 people had been made temporarily homeless and that collective losses might reach $10-15 billion.
Based on an analysis of videos, a team from the University of Sheffield estimated that the explosion was the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes of TNT - about a 10th of the intensity of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, making it one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, far bigger than any conventional weapon.
Solidarity with migrant workers
As a lot of organizations were distributing food to Lebanese families and individuals only and as we are strictly against all forms of discrimination and oppression, we decided to also support and help out migrant workers from Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea (some of whom have been sleeping outside their consulates).