Report: Two-Thirds of Colleges Now Offer Three Square Vegan Meals a Day

peta2's 2018 Vegan Report Card Reveals Hot Breakfasts and Decadent Desserts Across Campuses

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – The results are in for the 2018 Vegan Report Card from peta2—PETA’s youth division—and for the first time ever, the group’s annual survey of campus dining programs at more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities includes data on breakfasts, finding that two-thirds of U.S. schools now offer vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“There’s no question that a veritable vegan revolution is taking college campuses by storm from coast to coast,” says peta2 Director of International Youth Outreach Ryan Huling. “Today’s informed and compassionate students are going vegan in droves, and peta2’s Vegan Report Card acknowledges the many schools that are feeding this demand with top-notch home-cooked vegan options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.”

The vegan breakfasts offered by schools include hearty cooked or baked items, such as tofu scramble, scones, and dairy-free croissants. And in the last year, the number of schools offering vegan desserts—such as egg- and dairy-free cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods—has reached an all-time high of 25 percent. While the availability of animal-free options rose, the number of all-vegan dining stations dropped slightly, from 19 percent in 2017 to 15 percent in 2018, indicating that schools are now mainstreaming their vegan offerings as opposed to separating them.

peta2’s Vegan Report Card grades schools on the number of clearly labeled vegan food items at every meal, the presence of any dedicated vegan dining stations or dining halls, and the availability of vegan milks and desserts, among other criteria. The universities on peta2’s Dean’s List—such as Duke, Brown, Stanford, Yale, and others—meet almost every requirement. Other notable “A”-earning schools include Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Johns Hopkins University.

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