2019—A Year In Review

Our work together in 2019 helped spare the lives of an estimated 252,000 animals!

Whether you volunteered on a planning committee, outreach event, or attended a potluck, we want to extend a HUGE thank you for all you’ve contributed to the movement in 2019.

Scroll down to see a video slideshow with highlights from 2019. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of these events in 2020.

The Vegan Chili Cook-Off brought Twin Cities restaurants and community chefs to compete. Hundreds of community members came to rate the samples and learn how tasty vegan food can be as well as the power a plant-based diet has to help end animal suffering.

Video outreach, leafleting, and sanctuary tours helped over 6,500 people understand the realities of animal agriculture, the individual personalities of farmed animals, and take meaningful steps toward a plant-based diet.

Together in 2019, we:

  • Brought new vegan dishes to restaurants, schools, and home kitchens across the Twin Cities metro,
  • Gave our community ways to invite their friends to explore plant-based diets, and
  • Provided recipes and community to support people’s diet change through numerous programs.

All of this work was done through CAA programs including the Explore Veg Mentor Program, Bridges of Respect, Twin Cities Veg Week, Food Giveaways, The Wholesome Minnesota cafeteria change program, the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge, Cooking Demos (thanks Coco and Lala, Hark Cafe, and Dustin Harder!), and the Vegan Recipe Club.

Last, but not least, we combined all of this into a huge one-day festival, Twin Cities Veg Fest, which drew 10,000 people to learn about and celebrate the benefits of plant-based living.

Our programs are supported by a staff of two, hundreds of volunteers, and hundreds of donors like you. We so appreciate all you do for farmed animals! Thank you for joining us in 2019!

Save the date for next year’s cook-off on February 8, 2020, in the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall.

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