Local Legislators and Restaurants Show Support
Oakland, Calif. – In a week of community education and celebration, hundreds of Oakland residents will pledge to go meat-free for Oakland Veg Week, April 21-27, 2014. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Oakland and VegFund, Veg Week encourages Oakland residents to explore meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for community health, the planet, and animals.
It is supported by Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland city councilmembers Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan, and Libby Schaaf, Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson and Wilma Chan, State Senator Loni Hancock and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who are all pledging to eat meat-free for the week.
The week’s events includes speaking engagements by celebrated Oakland chef, food justice activist, and author Bryant Terry, whose highly anticipated book, Afro-Vegan, goes on sale April 8. Terry will be signing books at Whole Foods Market Oakland on Tuesday, April 22. Also featured during Veg Week are speaking engagements by Oakland author and educator Colleen Patrick-Goudreau; cooking classes at Whole Foods Market Oakland; and a party for participants at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House. Restaurants throughout Oakland are getting involved by offering specials on vegetarian fare throughout the week.
Oakland residents are encouraged to pledge to eat vegetarian by signing the pledge at oaklandveg.com. They’ll receive tips, recipes, and daily meal ideas for the week.
Oakland Veg Week coordinator Kristie Middleton encouraged Oakland residents to take the pledge to eat vegetarian saying, “Eating more meat-free meals is an easy way we can all improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint, and spare animals’ lives. We hope many Oakland residents will take the pledge to eat vegetarian for the week.”
Oakland Veg Week will be the Nickels for Nonprofits recipient at Whole Foods Market Oakland April 14th – July 6th. For more information about the benefits of meat-free eating and to learn more about Oakland Veg Week, visit oaklandveg.com.