A group of vegans from Argentina have created Olla Vegana, an initiative that helps homeless people from the Buenos Aires suburbs by providing them with free food, which is more nutritious and healthier than what they normally receive because it does not have any animal products. The Olla Vegana project, located in the west of Buenos Aires, and founded by Santi Guevara, tries to help those in need without negatively affecting animals.

The idea was born in 2019 when a group of activists was looking for a different way to help vulnerable people. Santi Guevara told Nota Al Pie, “Olla Vegana is a non-profit charitable organization that is dedicated to providing delicious, healthy, nutritious, plant-based food dishes to the homeless. We opted for vegan food because we follow that lifestyle. For us, animals are not resources, and we believe in respect for their lives.”

The organisation has more than 50 permanent volunteers divided into 5 working teams that change every month. Around 600 homeless people benefit weekly at their drop-off points in Morón, Ramos Mejía, and Moreno. In addition to the distribution of meals, they also provide clothes that have been donated to them. 

Guevara added, “In the long term, we would love to have our own headquarters, where we can store donations and also have a kitchen. At present, everything is distributed among our homes which are full of donations. The idea is to be able to have our own space where we can work in a calmer and more organised way.”

Olla Vegana distributes meals, which are always vegan, on Tuesdays in Ramos Mejía from 8 to 9 PM, Thursdays in Morón from 8 to 9 PM, and Fridays in Moreno from 8 to 9 PM. 

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.