VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 18, Issue 5
- SHOP AT THEVEGETARIANSITE.COM AND SUPPORT VRG
- NOTES FROM FORMER VRG COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
- VEGAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP 2014: ONE $500 AWARD, TWO $250 AWARDS!
- EXECUTIVE CHEF JOB
- VRG OUTREACH RECAP IN APRIL
- VEGETARIAN RESOURCE BOOTH AT CHARLES VILLAGE FESTIVAL
- DISCOUNT ON INDIAN FOODS
- LOOKING FOR HOSTS FOR VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
- BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
- VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
- ATLANTA VEGAN DINNER
- ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
- ABOUT VRG-NEWS
1) SHOP AT THEVEGETARIANSITE.COM AND SUPPORT VRG
For the month of July, TheVegetarianSite will donate a portion of your purchase
to The VRG. TheVegetarianSite offers non-leather shoes and clothing, cruelty-free
personal care products, books, videos, food, and more.
We thank them and we'd like to thank you for supporting The Vegetarian Resource Group!
Shop at: [ http://thevegetariansite.com/ ]
2) NOTES FROM FORMER VRG COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
I am writing to report a successful year of college that could not have happened
without your scholarship support. Please accept my thanks again. Here is an
update of my work.
Academically, my current college GPA is 3.94 and I am on the path toward graduating
a year early. I took my major's introductory course, Environmental Policy
and Planning, and found it to be a perfect fit for my interests.
During the spring semester, I successfully conducted a campaign to encourage
Virginia Tech Dining Services to provide more vegan and vegetarian options.
Options have flourished in the past decade, including an entire buffet devoted
to vegetarian food, so instead of a confrontational demand for better choices,
I decided on a thank you letter reading "Thank you for improving Vegetarian
and Vegan options! Please keep up the good work!"
I worked with the newly forming Animal Rights @VT club (I am the vice president),
the Environmental Coalition, and Peta2, the college branch of the PETA. We
gathered 782 signatures via text message for the Director of Dining Services,
Mr. Ted Faulkner. During Earth Week @VT, we gathered signatures and Vegetarian
Starter Kits on the school's "Food Day."
After this, I met with Mr. Faulkner on April 29th to give him the letter.
During this meeting I gave him a gift of Vegan in Volume, a cookbook published
by The Vegetarian Resource Group and donated for the cause by Peta2.
Mr. Faulkner was very appreciative of the gift and the thank you letter. He
said, "Sometimes people in my department look at how we strive to get better
and at how we've improved and say, 'We've achieved good, we're done.' I will
take this letter to them as a reason to keep working." He also asked and I
accepted to be the point person for student volunteers on a panel for testing
new vegan and vegetarian options in the upcoming year.
Other bits of work: Along with this campaign, I am helping form an Animal
Rights @VT club, who did a screening of the movie BlackFish on May 5th. We
plan on continuing the campaign for vegetarian options as well as starting
to work with animal shelters in the fall. I am the rising Vice President of
the Soil and Water Conservation Society @VT. This year the group attended
educational forums about sustainable agriculture and built no-till soil displays.
I wrote, submitted, and gained approval for a "Green Request for Proposal"
of $27,000 to install water bottle refilling stations around campus to reduce
plastic bottle use. This was through the VT Office of Energy and Sustainability,
for which I will be an intern next school year. I am also actively involved
with Ballroom Dance @VT, Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, and the Environmental
Coalition (I was a State Lead organizer for Power Shift 2013). This summer
I will be working as the Lead Organizer for the Solar Schools Initiative,
a program to install solar power on all of Albemarle County schools. Best
wishes! - Amory Fischer, Environmental Policy and Planning, Virginia Tech
class of 2016, VRG 2013 Scholarship winner
VRG also received this note from Nora Allen RD, a previous VRG scholarship
winner. She recently volunteered to exhibit for us at the annual meeting of
the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association. Nora said, "Thank you for the opportunity
to represent an organization I am passionate about! And of course, being a
great source of evidence based information for my patients and fellow practitioners.
I would not be a dietitian without your help!
For information about the next college scholarship contest, please see
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]
Thank you to the following volunteers for helping with responding to 2013-2014
- Ryan Andrews
- Matt Baker
- Whitney Blomquist
- Priscilla Broadwater
- Nina Casalena
- Chris Dietrich
- Kristi Fecchio
- Sonja Helman
- Karen Homann
- Melissa Krol
- Susan Petrie
- Jenny Saccenti
- Will Snyder
- Amy Vaughn
Donations towards VRG scholarships and internships can be made at www.vrg.org/donate
3) VEGAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP 2014: ONE $500 AWARD, TWO $250 AWARDS!
In a further effort to help young people think creatively about vegetarian
and/or vegan advocacy, The Vegetarian Resource Group is pleased to be offering
the Vegetarian Video Scholarship Contest again in 2014! We will be offering
one $500 award and two $250 awards. The deadline for this scholarship is July
Applicants should create and submit a video relating what they want to tell
others about veganism.
Some possible topics include: food, nutrition, your feelings about veganism,
water usage and vegetarianism, veganism and animal rights, or other vegan
topics which appeal to you. Humor and feelings are appreciated. All videos
should be positive, not be critical of anyone, and not include any footage
of animal cruelty. You may submit a video you have already made.
Click here to find out more about scholarship rules and how to apply.
[ http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php ]
Not sure where to start? Check out past winner, Noam Lautman's, "NO MORE MEAT"
below or browse other past winners' videos.
[ http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php ]
4) EXECUTIVE CHEF JOB
Job opening for executive chef at Sublime in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We are
located 10 minutes from the beach and downtown. This vegan restaurant has
received countless accolades for decor, food, and service. Locals, celebrities,
and politicians dine at Sublime. Sublime's rooftop garden is one of two gardens
supplying some ingredients. Salary commensurate with ability. Send resume
5) VRG OUTREACH RECAP IN APRIL
By Nina Casalena, VRG Outreach Coordinator
Spring is a particularly busy time for groups such as The Vegetarian Resource
Group engaging in educational outreach. Thankfully, we have had an amazing
team of volunteers eager to represent VRG at various events during the month
We started the month off exhibiting at Worcester VegFest in Worcester, MA
on April 6th. Our amazing volunteers, Eric Sharer MPH RD, Reed Mangels PhD
RD, and Arnie Alper MD, engaged with a steady stream of visitors about the
many benefits of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, offered a variety of vegan
cookbooks for sale, and handed out tons of great educational materials to
vegetarians and omnivores alike!
Later in the month, on April 24th, we switched gears and exhibited at the
PA Academy of Dietetics Annual Meeting in Bethlehem, PA. Our wonderful volunteer
and registered dietitian, Nora Allen RD, LDN, took full responsibility for
representing VRG at this professional conference, and acted as a wonderful
advocate for healthy and nutritional vegetarian/vegan diets. Nora was a previous
Vegetarian Resource Group scholarship winner. See
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/2007winners.htm ]
April 26th was a particularly busy day for VRG as we exhibited at two events
in Baltimore: the Spring Into Good Health Festival in Pigtown, as well as
Greenwork's EcoFest in Druid Hill Park. The Spring Into Good Health Festival
was sponsored by Paul's Place, a community outreach center in Southwest Baltimore,
and aimed to promote strategies for health and wellness for local residents.
VRG was the only vegetarian group on site and many patrons took interest in
decreasing the amount of animal products in their diets. This booth was particularly
special because it allowed volunteer, Matt Baker RN and staff member Nina
Casalena, to better reach those from low-income backgrounds, who may have
limited access to information about plant-based eating and the vegan lifestyle.
At Greenwork's EcoFest, volunteers Mark Rifkin MS, RD, LDN and Chris Dietrich
engaged with environmentally conscious patrons about how vegetarian and veganism
can be an important aspect of sustainable living. Mark even brought his own
visual display on the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and
global climate change.
April was a wonderful month for booths and I anticipate the rest of the season
will bring many more amazing opportunities for veg outreach. I would just
like to thank all of our incredible volunteers again for all of their patience
and hard work! Everyone here at VRG feels extremely lucky to have each and
every one of them on our team.
To volunteer at VRG outreach booths, please contact Nina at email@example.com
To support VRG outreach, please donate at www.vrg.org/donate
To join The Vegetarian Resource Group, please go to
6) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE BOOTH AT CHARLES VILLAGE FESTIVAL
By Devlyn Perugini, VRG Intern
Over the weekend, May 31st to June 1st, The Vegetarian Resource Group held
a booth at the 18th annual Charles Village Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.
This is a yearly festival filled with live music, vendors, crafts, a 5K race,
and the Charles Village Garden Walk.
On Saturday, we worked with Mark Rifkin, a vegan dietitian. Mark was able
to give professional opinions to people with health concerns. Mark was a reliable
source who was taken seriously. Chris Dietrich worked with us on Sunday. Chris
is an animal rights activist. He was very passionate about promoting vegetarianism
and it showed through his enthusiastic conversations. Chris suggested an alternative
to meat, called, Beyond Meat, which a lot of people seemed to be interested
in. Miss Mason Dixon, Cara Marero, helped us on Sunday. See
My experience with working at the booth was truly amazing. I realized that
I love talking about vegetarianism and could do it all day long! I felt like
I truly made a difference for a good amount of people visiting the booth.
For example: There was an older man who was hesitantly approaching us. I offered
him one of our Journals and asked if he had any questions. He told me that
he had tried to be vegetarian but had a difficult time. He was hungry and
couldn't make it affordable. I showed him the My Vegan Plate informational
paper and pointed to the protein section. I explained to him that he could
buy beans and rice in bulk and experiment with different types of tofu and
alternatives. He didn't know that there were different types of tofu and seemed
excited when I told him that they're easily found in grocery stores. I had
an in-depth conversation with him and his wife. They both were pleased and
seemed relieved that they had new information to assist them. Before they
left, the man thanked me and told me that he was going to try being vegetarian
again. He was happy and it was rewarding to see that.
In short, I really enjoyed working at the booth. I felt so proud to stand
with The Vegetarian Resource Group.
If you would like to volunteer at VRG booths, contact Nina at VRG@vrg.org
If you would like to intern at VRG go to
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php ]
If you would like to support VRG outreach, donate at www.vrg.org/donate
To join VRG go to [ http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php ]
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who made this booth possible, including
Mark Rifkin, Devlyn Perugini, Matthew Baker, Cara Marrero and Chris Dietrich!
7) DISCOUNT ON INDIAN FOODS
Take 20% off authentic Indian cuisine and organic bean pouches from Jyoti
Natural Foods. Use code JYOTI20.
Basmati rice, Punjabi Chhole (chickpeas), black beans, and more.
Visit [ http://www.jyotifoods.com/products/ ]
8) LOOKING FOR HOSTS FOR VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
PAX is a nonprofit Department of State designated international high school
exchange program. We have exceptional students that come from over 70 countries
around the world. These students have been picked out of thousands of applicants.
Students come fully medically insured, and are responsible for all personal
expenditures. Host families are asked to provide living arrangements, a suitable
study environment, and participation in family meals. During the year, students
attend local high schools- the details in which we at PAX arrange. Also, throughout
the entire stay students and host families are supported by a local community coordinator.
This year we are searching for host families for some of our exceptional students
that are vegetarians. We at PAX feel it would be best to place these students
with families that are familiar with a vegetarian diet.
It is our hope that you can share this information about PAX with your members
and have anyone interested in hosting or learning more about our program contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can also be found on our website at www.pax.org.
If interested, I can send over profiles of certain students we have available
that will sure to be a match for any family!
Hosting truly is a rewarding experience. In fact, most of our host families
say the hardest part of the exchange was saying goodbye to their new son or
daughter at the end.
Thanks in advance for your support.
9) BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
The Vegetarian Resource Group greatly appreciates the support given by our
monthly donors. You can join our monthly giving group with a minimum gift
of just $10 a month by going to www.vrg.org/donate. You will be part of a
network of givers who support our outreach efforts on an ongoing basis. These
donations allow us to continue vegan education in a wide variety of venues
including schools, doctor and dietitian offices, libraries, various professional
conferences, animal rights events, health fairs, environmental festivals,
and much more. Thank you for your support!
11) ATLANTA VEGAN DINNER
The dinner will be catered by Soul Vegetarian Restaurant. Choices will include:
crisp vegetable tray, garden salad and prince dressing (house dressing made
with soy milk), dinner rolls, cornbread, tender greens, sweet potatoes, herb-baked
potatoes, green beens, southern style baked BBQ tofu, smothered steak with
gravy and onions, cheesy-spinach-tofu lasagna, mediterranean cauliflower with
couscous, apple or vanilla cake, and lemonade.
The dinner will be taking place at Morehouse School of Medicine, GA and the
payment will be $25 before September 1, 2014 and $30 anytime after that date.
For more information, look at:
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/04/02/vegan-dinner-in-atlanta-georgia-sunday-october-19-2014/ ]
12) 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.)
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
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org
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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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