Bowling Green State’s Newly Vegan-Friendly Dining Hall Nets PETA Award

Brand-New 'Shoots' Station Dishes Up Delicious Plant-Based Entrées for Lunch and Dinner Five Days a Week

For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Bowling Green, Ohio – Over the past three years, more than 2,000 students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) have signed a peta2 (PETA’s youth division) petition pushing for more vegan food on campus—and their efforts have paid off. Just in time to kick off the fall semester, The Oaks Dining Center has added an all-vegan station, Shoots, which will offer meat-, egg-, and dairy-free fare, including vegan chili and curry seitan, for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. The new healthy and humane menu has netted BGSU peta2’s Compassionate Campus Award.

“peta2 hears every day from students across the country who want their colleges to offer food that’s healthy, humane, and eco-friendly,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Bowling Green State’s new vegan-friendly dining hall will make sure that hungry students can enjoy delicious vegan meals five days a week.”

Following last fall’s petitioning, BGSU’s dining services department added a vegan student to its advisory board to solicit feedback. Shoots is the school’s first foray into vegan dining.

Meat, eggs, and dairy products contain no fiber and are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less prone to developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are. And vegans don’t just save their own health—each vegan also spares more than 100 animals a year immense suffering on filthy factory farms. In addition, switching to a vegan diet is more effective at countering climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.

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