Vegan Outreach ENEWSLETTER  •  AUG. 6, 2014
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Vegan Mentor Program

  Yvonne LeGrice

Vegan Outreach is excited to announce our vegan mentor program, headed up by one of our most prolific volunteer leafleters, Yvonne LeGrice (right), and our Director of Development, Tracy Jenish. Yvonne has been emailing all the people who order our Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating to make sure they received it and to ask if they need any help with their transition to plant-based eating. She’s received a lot of positive responses so far!

If you’re in need of a mentor to help you adopt a vegan lifestyle, please contact Tracy at She’ll hook you up with someone who knows the ropes!

And here is a long response we received, but one that’s particularly interesting and inspiring:

Thank you so much for your kindness. It’s going great! I’m an over the road truck driver and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do this type of eating on the road, but it’s been a lot easier than I thought.
     I’m gone for about 2 weeks at a time, and while I do have a built-in frig in the truck with a freezer, it’s still hard to cook a lot ahead of time. Unlike other drivers, I don’t have a lot of time to hunt down a grocery store to keep fresh veggies on hand. I’m grateful for Subway Veggie Delite sandwiches and salads, Taco Bell, and fries. I eat a lot of veggie chili and homemade burritos. I build huge salads at the TA truck stops and grab a baked potato to garnish with Bacos and vegan ranch dressing. Ta-da!!!
     I went vegan cold tofurkey, as the saying goes. Donated ALL of my carnivore food to my pastor and his family. But I, along with several other vegans in my Baptist church, am working on getting him to turn to a plant-based diet. We call it the food gospel!
     As a truck driver, I put on about 70 pounds over my 15-year career. It’s coming off…slowly! In fact, I gained 2 pounds back this past 2 weeks, but there’s no way I could go back to contributing to the cruelty behind the SAD diet. As I drove by the feedlots in Texas last week, I wanted to just go and knock down the fences! Thank you again for checking in.


Bay Area Team Vegan 2014

On August 2, Vegan Outreach members and supporters of Team Vegan 2014 from the Bay Area got together at Pizza Moda to celebrate another job well done. Team Vegan is our May-June fundraiser, which raised over $238,000 this year for Vegan Outreach’s campaigns. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Below, from left to right: Keyur, Eric, Charlotte, Chris, Eugene, Shilpa, Henry, Lauren, Steve, Jeff, Mark F., Jack N., Drew, Steve, Mitch, and Josie. Not pictured: Jack S., Kristie, Mark M., Lisa, and Dennis. Photo by Alex Bury.
Bay Area Team Vegan members at Pizza Moda


  Vegan Temptress

Links of the Week



Product of the Week

Be sure to watch and share Speciesism: The Movie, “You’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.” Now available from the VO catalog.

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Recent Feedback

  Susan at AR2014
  Susan, shown above at the AR2014 conference, received a Why Vegan? booklet 11 years ago at an anti-war rally and went vegan as a result!

This was the best visit to Dartmouth yet! The reception here has improved tremendously over the years. It’s such a good feeling because this used to be one of the toughest schools to leaflet! Today’s number (616 booklets) is a record here.
     One young woman said she grew up in a small farming town with its own slaughterhouse and went vegetarian because of it. One faculty member said she’s veg and thanked me for being there. There were a few high school tours coming through, and some students from each group took leaflets.
     At lunchtime, there was a free BBQ set up outside the student center. A sign said, “Movement Against Violence BBQ.” Wow…products of violence (dismembered body parts of beings who didn’t want to die) were being fried and eaten as a way to be against violence!? Well, someday more people will make the connection. I’m glad I was there to give a voice to those victims of violence. And, along with the piles of various meats, at least there was an option of veggie burgers. And inside the dining hall, I have noticed an increase in veggie options such as vegan cutlets, vegan ground beef marinara, vegan cookies, tofu scrambles, etc.
     In the evening, the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group screened Speciesism: The Movie. The director, Mark Devries, was there for Q&A afterward. It was very nice to meet him.
—Lana Smithson, 5/12/14


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