The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
November, 2017

  1. VRG PRE-THANKSGIVING DINNER IN BALTIMORE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, AT 5 PM
  2. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  3. VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF DC DINNER ON THANKSGIVING, DC VEGAN THANKSGIVING CATERING MENU
  4. A WINNER OF THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP 2017 VIDEO CONTEST
  5. FREE BEANS
  6. GERTRUDE’S NOW SERVING VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN PIE
  7. FEMME FATALE, DC
  8. MARYLAND CHARITY CAMPAIGN
  9. VEGAN PREGNANCY TIPS
  10. FROM THE WARSAW GHETTO TO A LIFE OF COMPASSION, NOVEMBER 29, 2018; WASHINGTON, DC
  11. TRES LATIN FOODS: NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY RECALL
  12. 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON VEGETARIAN NUTRITION
  13. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  14. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  15. VRG HIGHLIGHTS
  16. VRG WISHLIST
  17. THANK YOU'S
  18. JOIN VRG'S PARENT'S FACEBOOK PRIVATE GROUP
  19. ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

1) VRG PRE-THANKSGIVING DINNER IN BALTIMORE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, AT 5 PM

The Vegetarian Resource Group is hosting our 36th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Dinner on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 5PM. The event is taking place at the

North Baltimore Mennonite Church
4615 Roland Avenue
Baltimore MD 21210

We will be showing appreciation for turkeys by not eating them! Come join us for a variety of festive, delicious vegan dishes! Please bring a vegan dish - free of meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, eggs, honey, or any other animal Products - that serves 4 per adult attending.

Adult admission is $4 and children eat free!

You may want to bring a vegan canned good for the church for feeding the hungry.

We hope to see you there!

Please post and share this flyer. See:

[ http://www.vrg.org/local/images/Thanksgiving_Potluck_2017_flyer_1.pdf ]
Or Facebook:
[ https://www.facebook.com/events/134328233980577/ ]

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2) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

  • ONLINE QUIZ
  • STARBUCKS DEBUTS VEGAN BOWL AT SELECT LOCATIONS
  • REPORT ON NEW JERSEY VEGFEST
  • AUTUMN IS HERE AND IT’S THE SEASON FOR APPLES AND PEARS!
  • A NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK IS AVAILABLE: VEGAN FOR ONE
  • OLIVE GARDEN’S BREADSTICKS
  • SHERWIN-WILLIAM’S SW 6738 VEGAN COLOR: IS IT VEGAN?
  • A REVIEW OF BOB’S RED MILL’S ORGANIC CRANBERRY-ORANGE OATMEAL
ONLINE QUIZ
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/11/07/test-your-vegetarian-knowledge-with-the-vegetarian-resource-groups-online-quiz/ ]
STARBUCKS DEBUTS VEGAN BOWL AT SELECT LOCATIONS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/11/02/starbucks-debuts-vegan-bowl-at-select-locations/ ]
REPORT ON NEW JERSEY VEGFEST
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/30/report-on-new-jersey-vegfest/ ]
AUTUMN IS HERE AND IT’S THE SEASON FOR APPLES AND PEARS!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/27/autumn-is-here-and-its-the-season-for-apples-and-pears/ ]
A NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK IS AVAILABLE: VEGAN FOR ONE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/26/a-new-vegan-cookbook-is-available-vegan-for-one/ ]
OLIVE GARDEN’S BREADSTICKS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/20/olive-gardens-breadsticks-are-vegan/ ]
SHERWIN-WILLIAM’S SW 6738 VEGAN COLOR: IS IT VEGAN?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/19/sherwin-williams-sw-6738-vegan-color-is-it-vegan/ ]
A REVIEW OF BOB’S RED MILL’S ORGANIC CRANBERRY-ORANGE OATMEAL
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/10/10/a-review-of-red-mills-organic-cranberry-orange-oatmeal/ ]

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3) VEGETARIAN SOCIETY OF DC DINNER ON THANKSGIVING, DC VEGAN THANKSGIVING CATERING MENU

VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving

Veg Society of DC (VSDC) Life-Affirming Thanksgiving is an annual event that brings together vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy, vegan food in a wonderful and warm social setting. The 2017 VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving will be held November 23, from 12-4PM at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md. To make reservations, see:

[ http://www.vsdc.org/activities/thanksgiving/ ]

DC Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Relax this holiday and let somebody else do your cooking for you! Order from DC Vegan by Friday, November 17th for pickup on Wednesday,. November 22nd.

Menu includes:

  • lentil pecan croquettes
  • butternut squash pierogi
  • whipped potatoes
  • apple sage stuffing
  • mushroom and green bean casserole
  • cashew and butternut cream Mac
  • mushroom shallot gravy
  • pumpkin pie
  • apple pie
  • chocolate cream pie
  • coconut whipped cream

For 4-6 people, the mains are $40 and sides are $25. For 8-10 people, the mains are $55 and sides are $40. The pies are $20 each.

For more information about pricing and how to order, visit:

[ http://www.dc-vegan.com ]
e-mail: catering@dc-vegan.com
or call 202.297.0886.

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4) A WINNER OF THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP 2017 VIDEO CONTEST

Rachel Massey stated,

“I am interested in vegetarianism because it is a healthy, animal friendly, and exciting diet. I have always had issues with eating meat, and ever since I switched 5 years ago, I have been very content with my diet. I've been able to convince some friend to become vegetarian, and now I want to make a video to try to inform more people about vegetarianism.”

See:

[ http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php#Massey ]

The deadline for the next video contest is July 15, 2018. See

[ http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php ]

For information about VRG’s College Scholarship Contest, see:

[ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

To support The Vegetarian Resource Group scholarships and internships, donate at

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

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5) FREE BEANS

Go to

[ https://betterbeanco.com/vegetarian-journal-readers/ ]
and use code VRGBEANS

Better Bean Company produces

  • Southwestern Pinto Beans
  • Uncanny Refried Black Beans
  • Tuscan White Beans
  • Cuban Black Beans
  • Roasted Chipotle Red Beans
  • Skillet Refried Red Beans
  • Better Baked Beans
  • and Three Sisters Chili

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6) GERTRUDE’S NOW SERVING VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN PIE

Now that the weather is a little more brisk, thoughts turn to all things apple and pumpkin and our newest fall dessert menu is just that. Not that we want to tempt you but here's what's in store for you.....

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie served with Pumpkin Pie ice "cream.”

Make a reservation now and you can be thinking about dessert:

[ http://www.gertrudesbaltimore.com/reservations.html ]

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7) FEMME FATALE, DC

Femme Fatale DC, the District's platform for local womyn creatives and entrepreneurs, recently launched its second three month long pop up experience at former Union Social, 100 Florida Ave NE. The new shop is open thru Christmas Eve and features a marketplace of over 50 local womyn owned businesses, a photography studio, plant based cafe, art lounge, and more! Store hours are Tues - Sat 11AM - 8PM, and Sundays feature special healing workshops, youth events, and sidewalk sales. Full calendar of events is on the FFDC website

[ http://femmefataledc.com ]
and feel free to follow FFDC on ig @femmefataledc.

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8) MARYLAND CHARITY CAMPAIGN

If you are a Maryland government employee, please donate to The Vegetarian Resource Group through the Maryland Charity Campaign. The pledge drive ends December 15.

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9) VEGAN PREGNANCY TIPS

See a video interview of healthy vegan pregnancy tips by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD.

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3bwQH5PsEU ]

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10) FROM THE WARSAW GHETTO TO A LIFE OF COMPASSION, NOVEMBER 29, 2018; WASHINGTON, DC

Alex Hershaft is one of the few remaining voices who can personally and vividly attest to the experience of the Holocaust. And he is one of the only such voices who can undeniably relate that experience to the plight of farm animals. Alex has told his dramatic story in front of large crowds in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York City and most recently Philadelphia. This will be an opportunity to experience his presentation in Washington D.C.

Tickets include:

  • A reception with delicious vegan hors d'oeuvres. and
  • Alex's presentation about his moral evolution from Holocaust survivor to farm-animal advocate

"As a Holocaust survivor with a riveting and inspirational personal story, he adds to that a unique and incredibly powerful perspective and voice on the rights of animals not to be raised for food. I wish everyone could hear the presentation that I did." -- Richard Levin, attendee, "From the Warsaw Ghetto to a Life of Compassion," May 15, 2015, Baltimore, MD.

Event information:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. See:

[ https://www.givedirect.org/donate/event.php?cid=13438 ]

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11) TRES LATIN FOODS: NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY RECALL

Dear Friends,

We wanted to let you know that we are voluntarily recalling three batches of our product (Kale & Pinto Bean with “Best By” date of 062018 and 062718 and UPC number 8-54430-00247-5, and Black Bean & Sweet Corn with the “Best By” date of 061918 and UPC number 8-54430-00237-6). This voluntary recall is due to the possibility that some cartons within these batches of Vegan pupusas may have been mispackaged and could contain another pupusa flavor that contains cheese. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy should not consume these products. Although we understand the problem is not extensive within these batches, we are recalling the full batches to ensure the safety of our consumers who have dairy concerns.

We are offering full replacements or refunds for these products. Please contact us at Questions@treslatinfoods.com or call (720) 613-TRES 9-5pm Monday -Friday MST with replacement & refund requests or with any additional questions.

We will continue to partner with our co-manufacturer to uphold our standards for safe and quality products.

You can find out more here:

[ http://treslatinfoods.com/voluntary-recall/utm_source=recall&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=october ]

Thanks,
The Tres Latin Foods Team

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12) 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON VEGETARIAN NUTRITION

Consider attending the congress on Monday, February 26th through Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at The Loma Linda University Campus in Southern California.

Professional interest in vegetarian nutrition has now reached unprecedented levels; however, scientific knowledge regarding vegetarian diets and their effects on human health is far from complete. The International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition is designed to provide a review of the accumulated findings, and introduce theoretical concepts, practical applications, and implications of vegetarian dietary practices for both the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, as well as for the furthering of research endeavors. The theme for the 7th Congress is Plant-foods for the health of people, populations and the planet.

The Congress is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations that fit the theme of the congress: plant-foods for the health of people, populations and the planet. More details about abstracts forthcoming. We look forward to welcoming you to the Loma Linda University campus for the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition in February of 2018! For any questions or updates on the congress, email ICVN@llu.edu. The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 4, 2017.

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13) MARYLAND AREA EVENTS

LAND OF KUSH THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY MENU

See: [ https://www.facebook.com/TheLandofKush/menu/ ] Un-Turkey w/Gravy Combo Platter $12.49 comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and 16 oz. drink or choose 2 sides and/or salads from our standard menu.

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN MEET-UPS IN BALTIMORE, MD

The Vegetarian Meet-up happens at

Mango Grove
8865 Stanford Boulevard
Columbia, Maryland 21045
on the first Sunday each month at 12:30 PM.

The Vegan Meet-up takes place at

Mr. Chan Szechuan
1000 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville, MD 21208
on the third Wednesday every month at 7 PM.

If you are vegan or vegetarian and would like to eat great food while socializing with others who share your interests, attend a meet-up!

DINEKIND

Dinekind Harford meets monthly to share information on the benefits of a plant-based diet. For more information, visit:

[ http://www.dinekindharford.com/ ]

MUST LOVE VEG [ https://www.mustloveveg.com/ ]

Must Love Veg is a calendar site for MD/DC vegan and vegetarian events, as well as outside the area. If you are looking to network, socialize, and/or engage in social activism you will find opportunities here.

WHOLE FOOD FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH - BALTIMORE SUPPORT GROUP

This group meets on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 PM at

The Park Heights Community Health Alliance
4151 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215

They typically show one or more short educational videos, often a cooking demonstration of something delicious and easy. And, of course, support, discussion, advice, and recipes, beginners welcome. Please bring a vegan dish to share if you can. Please RSVP and visit at

[ https://www.meetup.com/Whole-Food-for-Optimal-Health-Potluck/ ]

If you have any questions, contact: Margie (mobile: 410-375-5803, mroswell@gmail.com)

EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE

Earthsave is a nonprofit educational group that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living.

Saturday, Nov. 25th, from 6 — 8PM: Earthsave's annual Thanksgiving Celebration, our final potluck event of the year, will feature musical entertainment, success stories, and a talk by the founder and Executive Director of Light of Truth Center for women in recovery. Vaile Leonard will educate and inspire us with her talk on "Insights on Addiction and Recovery". Details at

[ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/77 ]

Dinner guests may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then hear the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings are held at

Govans Presbyterian Church
5828 York Rd
Baltimore, 21212
Please RSVP and join us! Event details at
[ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/77 ]

For more information about EarthSave's Vegan and Vegetarian Baltimore Meet-ups, see:

FORKS OVER KNIVES MONTHLY POTLUCKS

This group is for those interested in trying or for those already committed to a whole food, plant based diet with none or very little oil, salt, or refined sugar. There is a monthly potluck where we sample delicious and healthy dishes, share recipes, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals.

For more information about the next event, visit:

[ http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/ ]

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS MONTHLY MEETUP

Baltimore Vegan Drinks is a happy hour for vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious. There’s no cover charge, and there are 100%-vegan snacks, entrees and more. And of course there are awesome vegan drinks! Our group is part of a national Vegan Drinks outfit with events in dozens of cities. Vegan Drinks’ mission is to bring together diverse people to build new friendships and promote the sharing of resources.

Join us for a special holiday pizza party at

Paulie Gee’s!
3535 Chestnut Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
and the event will be held from December 5th, 6-9PM.

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

Taking place on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 10AM to 1PM in Fairfax Station, VA, is a cooking class all about meatless holidays! Learn to cook dried cranberry and pecan-whipped yams, buttercup bisque, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, seitan-stuffed loaf with sage dressing, fat-free shiitake mushroom gravy, dairy-free pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, hot mulled cider. Also available is the opportunity to sample Tofurky roast, field roast, garden, and more.

No meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. $55/person; $100/two people; $50/VSDC, VRG, or COK members. Demonstration classes include recipes, organic food samples, manufacturers' samples coupons. Gift certificates are available for purchase.

Email veggourmet@aol.com or call 703-643-2713 for space availability. Make checks payable to

Mimi Clark
9302 Hallston Ct.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Sorry, no phone or e-mail reservations and no walk-ins. Seventy-two hour cancellation policy for refund or credit. Class subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Check website for monthly class updates:

[ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

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14) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Dinner: Sunday, November 19th at 5PM. Located at

The North Baltimore Mennonite Church
4615 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

See: [ http://www.vrg.org/local/201707local.php#s4 ]

2017 Thanksgiving potluck dinner

Please share this flyer.

OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

VegFest Fort Lauderdale
Dec 2 - Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Located at

War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th St.
Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33304

See:

[ http://vegfestexpos.com/event_lauderdale ]
We will not have a booth at this event, but VRG volunteer Jim Dunn will be giving away VRG materials while assisting a local Florida organization.

If you would like to donate towards our veggie outreach, donate at:

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
Donations can also be sent to
The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Or call: (410) 366-8343.

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15) VRG HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reed Mangels PhD RD and Catherine Conway MS RD spoke to hundreds of health professionals at our booth during the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE conference in Chicago. We also had outreach booths at the Maryland Dietetics in Health Care Communities. Marcia Pearson answered questions and gave out vegan information at Everett Community College Food Day in Washington State and Karen Peissinger tabled at the University of Buffalo (NY) Sustainability Fair.
  • We are currently working on updating a list of senior living facilities that offer vegetarian and vegan options. See our senior living guide here:
    [ http://www.vrg.org/seniors/senior_vegan.php ]
    If you know of any veggie friendly senior facilities, please email vrg@vrg.org and let us know!
  • Reed Mangels had an article for the American Journal of Nursing accepted. It has a small piece about vegetarian diets that are mentioned and presented as a healthy choice. Dr. Mangels also assisted a dietitian in Denmark concerning references for vegan diets and kids.
  • We updated the Vegan Travel Guide on our website. Check it out here:
    [ http://www.vrg.org/travel/ ]
  • Pearson Education is preparing for publication an educational textbook for Higher education students entitled: Nutrition: From Science to You 4th Edition, by Stella Volpe, Joan Salge Blake and Kathy Munoz., and asked for permission to reprint our “My Vegan Plate.”
  • We responded to requests for information for a summer food service, a food bank, and a vegan diabetes book. We had requests for materials from a Home School, several VegFests, a Head Start, a Food Not Bombs chapter, an animal ministry, and a person needing Spanish materials for a service trip in Peru.

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16) VRG WISHLIST

Donations towards:

  • Reprinting My Vegan Food Plate ($1,000 needed)
  • Reprinting I Love Animals and Broccoli Coloring Book ($2,000 needed)
  • Reprinting El Arco Iris Vegetariano in Spanish ($1,500 needed)

You can make a donation at

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
and specify in the comments section what you would like your donation to support. Or, mail to
VRG, Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
or call (410) 366-8343

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17) THANK YOU'S

Special thanks to all the VRG volunteers below!
  • Matt Baker, RN
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Casey Brown
  • Bekah Campbell
  • Catherine Conway
  • Heather Francis
  • Suzanne Hengen
  • Laneece Hurd
  • Emily Klesitz
  • Rebecca Lordon
  • Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
  • Laura McGuiness
  • David Milner
  • Chef Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD
  • Bobbi Pasternak, MSN, RN
  • Marcia Pearson
  • Karen Peissinger
  • Carol Porter
  • Yasmin Radbod
  • Michaela Sadlowski
  • Brad Scott
  • Mayur Shah
  • Elsa Spencer, PhD
  • Stuart Stahler
  • Robin Tate
  • Tina Urban
  • Ilana Wolf
  • Emily Wood, RD
  • Abbie Young

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18) JOIN VRG'S PARENT'S FACEBOOK PRIVATE GROUP

Are you or someone you know raising a vegetarian or vegan child? If so, you may want to join a network of parents interested in exchanging ideas on various vegetarian/vegan topics including: finding a vegan summer camp, vegan dining options at Disney World, what can I pack in my child’s lunchbox, how have you and your child dealt with the dissection issue in school, can you recommend a veggie-friendly pediatrician or dietitian, is there a veggie children’s group in my area, etc.

To join: [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/VRGparentsandkids/ ]

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19) ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, bequests, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the Vegetarian Journal online at:

[ http://www.vrg.org/journal/ ] )

To sign up for the The Vegetarian Resource Group national email newsletter, please visit:

[ http://lists.vrg.org/mailman/listinfo/vrg-news_lists.vrg.org ]

We are also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Facebook[ http://www.facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup/ ]
[ https://www.facebook.com/groups/VRGparentsandkids/ ]
Instagram[ https://www.instagram.com/vegetarianresourcegroup/ ]
Twitter[ http://www.twitter.com/VegResourceGrp/ ]

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
FAX: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org/ ]

To donate: [ http://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=1565/ ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2017 The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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