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Episode 585: Food Love ft. Kimberly Renee Barnes

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 27, 2021

We are so pleased to welcome Kimberly Renee Barnes, Founder of Might Be Vegan, to the podcast this week for a truly one-of-a-kind episode! But first, Jasmin and Mariann speak with Chilean activist (and Our Hen House Flock member!) Soledad Robledo to tell us about an urgent extradition campaign in which Chile is seeking to bring an animal abuser from New Zealand back to Chile to stand trial and how we can all help (see the resources below). She also provides us with an overview of the animal rights movement in Chile and tells us about her podcast, Narices Húmedas (Wet Noses), that showcases animal rights and vegan activists. Soledad is also a monthly columnist for CEDA (Center for Chilean Animal Law Studies) and is currently working with two other activists, both lawyers, on a new organization called Justicia Interespecie (Interspecies Justice) which focuses on strategic litigation and education.

Next, as promised, Mariann speaks with Kimberly Renee Barnes, who shares why she founded Might Be Vegan, a plant-based media and marketing consultancy. Kimberly tells us how she became increasingly overwhelmed with information early in her vegan journey and wanted to simplify things for other people who were thinking they might be vegan, but weren’t actually sure yet. Her consultancy’s latest project, Food Love, is an award-winning national plant-based hunger relief program that has introduced families impacted by the pandemic to nutritious and delicious plant-based meals. Kimberly also shares Food Love’s project partners and tells us how she successfully pitched them. Don’t miss hearing about this amazing collaboration and how it will help push veganism into the mainstream.

Kimberly is the founder of Might Be Vegan, a plant-based media and marketing consultancy designed to help people live a more healthful life by eating more plants. She is the creator behind the national #FromMeatsToBeets Challenge, the web series Might Be Vegan Presents The Trap Kitchen, and the world’s largest vegan-only tailgate—#VeganAtTheGame—which served more than 1,500 people at no cost in the city of Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII. In the last year, Kimberly started the award-winning national COVID-19 hunger relief program, Food Love by Might Be Vegan, to alleviate food insecurity nationally. Today, the program is providing meals to families in need in 48 states.

“There is an opportunity for us to not only continue delivering meals to families, but to look at how we can take this technological approach and address food insecurity nationally in the same way that we’re addressing temporary emergency food insecurity.” – Kimberly Renee Barnes

Interview Highlights:

  • Kimberly details what the Food Love project is and how it has helped people get through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The connections between food insecurity, the Food Love project, and the long-term impact of people choosing to eat plant-based
  • How Food Love keeps folks safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through minimal in-person delivery methods
  • Kimberly’s superpower, how she uses it to make connections, and how it helps her work to alleviate food insecurity and spread the vegan message
  • How the food gifts that people receive from Food Love change the way they think about food
  • How introducing people to veganism through Food Love can make them more likely to consider becoming vegan in the future

Resources:

Connect with Kimberly Renee Barnes:

Support the Extradition Campaign:

If you’re in New Zealand, please contact any of these groups: The NZ Animal Law Association, Auckland University Animal Rights Group, SAFE, and/or The Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you’d like to join the public letter and/or share information about this campaign on social media please email contacto.cedachile@gmail.com or visit Narices Humedas on Instagram.

Connect with Soledad Robledo:

Connect with Our Hen House:

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This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at awfw.org.

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