Dozens of New Vegan Options Spring Up at University of Florida

peta2 Campus Representative to Offer Free Tofurky Sandwiches

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Gainesville, Fla. – More students than ever are interested in vegan food—and to meet this skyrocketing demand, Gator Dining Services at the University of Florida is offering dozens of new meat-, egg-, and dairy-free snacks at the school’s Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) markets. The new options include meatless jerky, hot cereal cups, vegetable chips, and a selection of energy bars. And that’s not all: The market at Graham Oasis is rolling out tempeh, shredded vegan cheese, vegan mac and cheese, and Tofurky “ham” and “turkey” slices.

To kick off the new initiative, peta2’s campus representative will give away free Tofurky sandwiches on Wednesday:

When:    Wednesday, October 1, 2–4 p.m.

Where:   Plaza of the Americas, University of Florida, Gainesville

“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. “Gator Dining Services’ new vegan options will make sure that students can enjoy delicious vegan snacks as soon as hunger strikes.”

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.

peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—works with colleges across the country to improve vegan options in dining halls.

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