Katia Rodriguez, Merari Ordaz, Emmanuel Marquez, et al.

Vegan Outreach in Bakersfield

By Katia Rodriguez, VO Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator

In late May, while traveling through California, VO Mexico Outreach Coordinator Emmanuel Marquez and I were asked to speak at an event organized by one of Vegan Outreach’s most dedicated volunteers and supporters, Merari Ordaz. Merari was organizing an educational event to promote vegan living among the Latinx community in Bakersfield, CA.

Merari Ordaz

Merari and her family care so much about their community that they offer free vegan cooking and health classes once a week. When she reached out to me and Emmanuel, we weren’t surprised to hear she was planning a big event! To learn more about Merari, check out the interview we did with her last week.

Emmanuel Marquez

About 40 people attended the outreach event. In addition to hearing how their food choices can positively influence personal health, the environment, and the animals, the audience members also got to hear about Vegan Outreach and the work we do. Everyone was very engaged when we spoke and asked a lot of questions at the end. After the presentation, several people approached Emmanuel and me to express how thankful they were to have us there. One person even told us that she planned to go vegan!

Event attendees

Everyone at the event enjoyed vegan nachos, tacos, salad, scrambled tofu sandwiches, chocolate chia pudding, and cupcakes. Adrey Santos provided vegan popcorn from his family’s business Pop-Pa’s Gourmet Popcorn.

We’d like to thank Merari and her family for hosting the event and inviting us to speak—and for everything they do for their community.


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Can Your Dog Be Vegan?

“Being that wolves are mainly carnivores in the wild and share a common ancestor with dogs, many people have the preconceived notion that dogs require an animal-based diet to be healthy, but is this the truth?”

Read what the research has to say: Vegan Dog Food: The Science, Our Experience, & Best Brands.

Lola with V-Dog food
Photo: @vdogfood


Vegan. That’s Right.

Purchase this awesome T-shirt, and 25% of the proceeds will support Vegan Outreach’s work. That’s right.

Kacy Franzen in “Vegan. That’s Right.” tee


Mom’s Strawberry Pie

We’re moving into fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summertime pie!

Mom’s Strawberry Pie
Photo: @lazygirlliving


Espresso Ice Cream Nachos

Vegan food creativity at its best—and sweetest! Recipe here.

Espresso Ice Cream Nachos


Recent Feedback

Sam Tucker and volunteers at VU Footscray Park
Above: VO’s Sam Tucker and volunteers help launch the new Victoria University Vegans club.

Massive day of outreach on Monday! Vegan Outreach teamed up with Animal Activist Collective and Truth Riders to help launch the new Victoria University Vegans club. In addition to the leaflets and Animal Equality’s iAnimal virtual reality outreach, we fed students lots of free delicious vegan food, played footage of factory farms and slaughterhouses on TV screens to hundreds of students, plastered the campus in posters, chalked some pro-animal messages, and got nearly 100 people to sign up to the club! (Our initial aim was to just get over 10 so the club could be officially registered with the university, and we well and truly smashed that goal!) And with 1,150 booklets distributed, we set a new record for the Footscray Park campus!

Today at the University of Melbourne in Parkville, volunteers David Radunz, Annie Campbell, AJ Bond, and I handed out 4,050 booklets—a new all-time Aussie record!

—Sam Tucker, VO Australia and New Zealand Outreach Coordinator, 9/13/17

Kiersten Plut, Howard Jimmy, Kim Moffatt, and Megan Deckelmann at LIU
Above is VO’s Kim Moffatt with volunteers at LIU Post.

Awesome day at Long Island University on Wednesday. Volunteers Kiersten Plut, Howard Jimmy, Megan Deckelmann, and I [above] had great conversations with students and handed out 960 booklets—a new campus record for CW Post.

Today at Stony Brook University, volunteer Keri Esposito-Michel and I [below, with student] handed out 767 leaflets and talked to three people who were interested in going vegan.

—Kimberly Moffatt, VO Outreach Coordinator, 9/19/17

Keri Esposito-Michel and Kim Moffatt with SBU student


Upcoming Events

Vegan Pizza Party Fundraiser • September 29 • Albuquerque, NM
WisePies is hosting a weekend-long fundraiser for Vegan Outreach! And to kick the pizza-filled weekend off right, we’re throwing a party at the Albuquerque restaurant location. Bring your family, invite your friends, and get ready for delicious pizza and free giveaways from Violife. Your money will go directly toward our life-changing outreach efforts. More info.

Vegas VegFest • September 30 • Las Vegas, NV
Speakers include VO Director of Outreach Vic Sjodin, who’ll be answering the question, “Why Vegan in Vegas?” as well as discussing how animal lovers in Vegas can get involved in activism. More info.

VegFest Windsor • October 1 • Windsor, ON
More info.

Lowcountry VegFest • October 21 • Hilton Head Island, SC
More info.

People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy, & Food Justice Conference • October 21 • Los Angeles, CA
Speakers include VO Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator Katia Rodriguez and Mexico Outreach Coordinator Emmanuel Marquez, who’ll be speaking about their vegan advocacy in Mexico and the growing awareness of veganism in the country. More info.

More upcoming events.


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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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