Food giveaways are a mainstay of CAA's vegetarian outreach efforts.
We think that one of the best ways to get people to consider vegetarian and vegan diets is to show them how scrumptious animal-free food can really be. Many people think that going vegan would mean they can no longer have their favorite foods, but with an enormous variety of foods--ranging from faux meats and dairy-free products to ethnic cuisine and makeovers of traditional dishes--a little sampling is all that is needed to dispel such myths.
University of MN Vegan Food Showcases
With donations from dozens of national companies and a variety of local businesses we are able to provide thousands of dollars worth of free vegan food to countless community members and University of Minnesota students each fall during our annual "Vegan Food Showcase".
Not only do students get a chance to try veggie jerkies, non-dairy chocolate, grilled "cheese" sandwiches, vegan ice cream bars, and much more--but they also get a chance to pledge to be vegetarian or vegan for Veg Week and receive discounts at local veg-friendly restaurants.
Most attendees at our food giveaways leave with information on factory farming, vegetarian diets, and how to get involved with Compassionate Action for Animals.
Some Past Food Giveaway Successes
- Grand Old Day 2010: We distributed over 30,000 vegan food samples during the Midwest's largest one day festival!
- Food Showcase 2009: We gave free vegan food samples to an estimated 1,500 hungry University of MN students in only four hours!
Other Outreach Events
When we're not holding food giveaway events, we make sure to have delicious vegan refreshments available at all of our public events, host regular dine-outs at veg-friendly restaurants, host vegetarian/vegan potlucks, and organize cooking classes. These are additional opportunities for people to delve into the delicious world of vegan cuisine!