University of Florida, Bates College Grab Top Honors in ‘Vegan-Friendly’ Contest

Vegan Dishes Put Schools Over the Top in peta2 Online Competition

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2014

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – A good diet often means good grades, and apparently, no one knows that better than the University of Florida in Gainesville and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. That’s because after getting an A on their Vegan Report Cards from peta2, PETA’s youth division, Florida and Bates beat out some fierce competition—including Kent State University and the University of North Carolina–Asheville—to be voted the Favorite Vegan-Friendly Large School and the Favorite Vegan-Friendly Small School, respectively, in the U.S. Both institutions won by fewer than 50 votes, but that was enough for each of them to claim the title of undisputed champ.

“With delicious vegan dishes that even garner raves from meat-eaters, the University of Florida and Bates College earned every forkful of their bragging rights,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Every year, peta2 meets more and more students across the country who are protecting animals, the planet, and their own health by joining the vegan revolution.”

Gator Dining Services took a big bite out of the competition by having all-vegan food stations in both dining halls. Favorite dishes include vegetable enchiladas with red sauce, tofu fajitas, and mu shu tofu.

Bates might be a smaller college, but when it comes to gourmet vegan dining, this school rules. The tempeh cakes with roasted red pepper sauce and the gluten-free tofu with Maine blueberry sauce are student favorites.

Each school will receive several award certificates to display in various places on campus. Sixteen large schools and 16 small schools competed in this year’s contest.

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