PETA to Donate 100 Vegan Meals to Local Hospital Workers

Smoked Tofu and Veggie Lunches Will Help Fuel Healthcare Workers' Fight Against COVID-19 As Billboard Encourages Move Away From Meat

For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

New Brunswick, N.J. – To piggyback on its billboard now up on I-95 that proclaims, “Tofu Never Caused a Pandemic,” PETA is teaming up with local restaurant Veganized to send 100 delicious, tofu-based lunches to workers at the nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on Tuesday. The all-vegan delivery will include the Samurai wrap (smoked tofu, roasted sweet potato, and veggies with a miso spread) and The Angelica sandwich (smoked tofu and veggies topped with cashew cheese and lemon pesto) plus chocolatey brownies made with silken tofu and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

“Healthcare workers at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital—and around the world—deserve delicious, immune-boosting vegan fare,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA hopes this lunchtime delivery will brighten their day and remind people that tofu, unlike meat from abused animals, never caused a pandemic.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals. The novel coronavirus originated in a “wet market” in China where live and dead animals were sold for food. Influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens—but never in versatile vegan foods like tofu.

In addition to helping prevent future pandemics, each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and significantly reduces their own risk of suffering from health problems, including strokes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.

PETA’s pro-tofu billboard is located on I-95, 1.8 miles north of Exit 9, facing south.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”— opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind