|Enewsletter • June 29, 2005|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Activist Profile: Linda Bower
Throughout the summer, Vegan Outreach has been profiling some of our top college leafleters. This week we turn our attention to dedicated Miami activist, Linda Bower. During the 2004 - 2005 school season, Linda handed out a total of 6,280 VO booklets directly to college students. A mother of two, Linda still makes the time necessary to effectively advocate for farmed animals, and does so in an engaging, upbeat manner. Below are some excerpts from our interview with her:
What made you decide to start
leafleting and if you were nervous
the first time, how did you get
Why do you leaflet colleges?
What was your most positive
college leafleting experience this
year and why?
What would you say to individuals
hesitant about leafleting?
Please name a major influence
in your life and why he or she is
Product of the Week
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Notes from All Over
It appears that Vegan Outreach's efforts on college campuses may really be making a difference. ARAMARK (a company that provides foods on college campuses) reports that 24% of those who responded to their survey consider having vegan options important. Below are the relevant excerpts. The full press release can be found here.
Vegan Options More Popular Than Ever on College Campuses; ARAMARK Focuses on Meeting Customer Needs in Honor of Vegan World Day
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2005--ARAMARK nationwide research has revealed that, out of more than 100,000 college students surveyed, nearly a quarter said finding vegan meals on campus -- which contain no meat, fish, poultry or other products derived from animals such as dairy, eggs or honey -- was important to them.
To better serve its customers and in honor of Vegan World Day on June 21st, ARAMARK (NYSE:RMK), a worldwide provider of managed services, has increased its number of vegan menu items on campuses and continues to work with campus vegetarian and vegan resource groups to meet customer demand....
"Our DiningStyles(TM) research has demonstrated that demand for vegan is especially strong among college students, as 24 percent of students indicated that vegan dishes were important to them," said Jenifer Bland-Campbell, MS, RD, Senior Director of Nutritional Program Development for ARAMARK. "With Just4U(TM) we're able to customize our menu mix to reflect how students eat on each campus and offer foods that fit into their own dining style."
"Just4U(TM) debuted in June 2004, and we have since added approximately 220 vegan and vegetarian recipes to the lineup," said Mike Crane, ARAMARK Corporate Executive Chef and Senior Director of Culinary Development. "We've created vegan items such as Sweet Thai Tofu Stir-Fry, Broccoli Teriyaki, Eggless "Egg" Salad, and Vegan "Cheese" Burgers to name a few." Each dish contains flavorful meat or cheese alternatives, made from soy or other vegan products.
Notes from Our Members
As a meat and fish
eater all my life,
my mind is now in turmoil after
reading Why Vegan. I am
50 years old and set in my ways,
however life is about to change
and maybe I should explore more
about becoming a vegan. I have no
animosity towards the meat industry;
I guess I've been programmed since
birth. I just don't want to look
the other way now that this brochure
has opened my eyes. Please be so
kind to send me a Vegan Starter
Pack and a few copies of Why
Vegan so that I can show my
friends and let them see why I'm
considering a major change.
Last night a
few of us took the Compassion
On Wheels van out to
Malcom X College in Chicago. We
handed out 280 Why Vegans
and 30 Por Que Veganos.
Additionally, 12 copies of the Meet
Your Meat DVD were
given to students who wanted to
share the video with friends and
family. Although our raw numbers
were unimpressive, the percentage
of individuals reading the material
and discussing it was an all-time
high. It was inspiring to see a
courtyard of 30 students all reading
Why Vegan as if they were
studying for finals.
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