Jermaine Dupri, PETA Feed Families in Need With a Vegan Thanksgiving

Published by Carolyn Englar.

Hip-hop legend and longtime vegan Jermaine Dupri joined forces with PETA this past weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in his hometown of Atlanta. Alongside two local organizations, the Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center and Hands On Atlanta, Dupri helped serve vegan Thanksgiving meals provided by Atlanta vegan restaurant Café Sunflower to more than 50 people in need.

“I’ve been vegan for over a decade, and for me, there’s nothing better for feeling your best and knowing you’re helping the planet and animals,” Jermaine said. “The holidays are about the spirit of giving, and PETA and I want to give people in Atlanta a Thanksgiving meal that’s healthy, humane, and delicious.”

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Dupri wasn’t the only celeb lending a helping hand over the weekend, as Dynasty actors Elaine Hendrix and Rafael de la Fuente also came out to serve some tasty vegan pumpkin pie to visitors (topped with vegan whipped cream, of course!).

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Several families went home with a tasty, turkey-free Tofurky roast, and visitors also received free vegan starter kits, teaching them how to make delicious animal-free meals at home.

People Reading Vegan Starter Kits at Vegan Thanksgiving Event© Matt Pendry

Watch below to hear from Jermaine himself about this fun community event!

Roughly 85 million turkeys are slaughtered and eaten annually for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter alone. And that’s just about a third of the 240 million turkeys who are raised for food all year round. By going vegan like Jermaine, people can help save millions of animals’ lives—on Thanksgiving and every other day of the year.

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