After waging a full-scale campaign on campus—including gathering petition signatures, articles in the student newspaper, and meetings with the administration—superstar student activist and former PETA intern Jared Misner has successfully helped implement a Meatless Mondays program at the University of Florida!
UF is the sixth largest university in the nation—with more than 50,000 students—and yesterday was the first day that the school has actively encouraged students to choose vegan entrees when they sit down to eat. The dining services staff put together an extensive marketing campaign, including this logo, which could be found on TV screens and bulletin boards around campus:
So what was on the menu for the inaugural Meatless Monday? Delicious dishes like vegan tacos with veggie crumbles and soy cheese, Mediterranean pasta, squash and white bean casserole, and blackened tofu were being served up to mark the occasion, and chefs plan to continue working with students to add new cruelty-free options every week.
While some meat-based dishes still remained on the menu at UF yesterday, students are optimistic that this will change, based on the tremendous response to the new vegan options offered—so stay tuned!
We’ll be rolling out more info on how you can convince your cafeterias to follow UF’s example in the coming weeks. Can’t wait a minute longer? Go ahead and download our awesome campus campaign pack to get the ball rolling!