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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Grassroots Campaign to Serve Free Vegan Food to 20,000+ People

Activists around the world will reach out to members of their communities to spread the benefits of a vegan diet for the 27th annual Great American Meatout. The Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) has upped the ante this year by challenging activists to serve free vegan food to at least 10,000 people. Meatout is projected to shatter that original goal by serving more than 28,000 people in the month of March.

These grassroots events will range from small gatherings at health food stores and libraries to major events like the Feed-in For Peace, where activists will serve meatless sandwiches and other vegan foods to hungry anti-war protester to celebrate and encourage non-violent eating.

FARM will again hold the main event in Washington, DC, where last year the group served more than 1,200 people. For 2011, Meatout also includes large feed-ins at the anti-war rallies in San Francisco and Chicago bringing the number of people served at these three events alone to nearly 3,000.

"It's one thing to hand people a brochure about veganism," said campaign director Michael Weber, "but if they receive a sandwich with that brochure, they are shown first-hand that cruelty-free food is delicious."

Activists on college and high school campuses in New Mexico, Utah, California, Texas and several other states will also stage feed-ins, showing thousands of students that plant-based eating can be tasty and convenient.

In total, seven hundred communities throughout all 50 states and 24 other countries will hold educational events during Meatout, most falling on March 20 to mark the first day of spring.

Meatout draws massive support from consumer, environmental and animal protection advocates, as well as from public officials, health care providers, meat-free food manufacturers, retailers, educators, and the mass media. They advocate a vegan diet to reduce incidences of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, to save animals from suffering on factory farms and slaughterhouses, and to conserve precious environmental resources.

For more information on Meatout events, visit meatout.org.

Source: Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)

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