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Vegans to help homeless by donating food from festival

The Glasgow event aims to tackle waste and help others after the Hampden festival.

Food: The vegan festival hopes to help the homeless .
Food: The vegan festival hopes to help the homeless . Vegan Festivals / cropped

A Scottish vegan festival hopes to help the homeless by distributing extra food to those in need.

The Scotland Vegan Festival, which arrives at Hampden Park on July 14, will be asking stallholders and caterers to donate any surplus food to be distributed by volunteers to those in Glasgow's homeless community.

It is the fourth year that the festival, which travels across the UK each year, has donated food to those in need.

"We are so against food waste. We cannot justify under any circumstances throwing food away when there are people living on the streets hungry," explains event organiser Victoria Bryceson.

Vegan Festivals began donating to those in need after witnessing the food waste left over at their first event.

"We ring around on the day and see who can take what when we know what donations we have," Victoria explains.

At the last festival held in Glasgow, organisers donated to Blue Triangle, a charity which supports, accommodates and assists vulnerable people.

Over 100 stallholders may donate extra food to those in need.
Over 100 stallholders may donate extra food to those in need. Vegan Festivals / cropped

According to The Vegan Society in partnership with Vegan Life Magazine, there were more than half a million vegans in Great Britain in 2016.

Holiday letting search engine Holidu also named Edinburgh and Glasgow in the top ten most vegan-friendly cities in the UK in 2017, in second and fifth place respectively.

The Scotland Vegan Festival aims to encourage people to find out more about a vegan lifestyle, through talks, workshops and demonstrations as well as hosting more than 100 stalls selling plant-based hot and cold dishes and baked goods.

"The festivals are all about helping those in need whether this be animals or people," Victoria adds.

"We exist to help as many beings as we possibly can so if we have surplus food, we want to use it for good and give people a proper meal rather than let them carry on struggling and hungry.

"It's hard enough as it is for people to be living out on the streets, so to donate some meals is the very least we can do to help."

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