There are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free?
Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. This year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!
Compassion Over Killing launched VegWeek in 2009 in Takoma Park, Maryland (our hometown) thanks to the inspiration of MD Senator Jamie Raskin. He was the first person to sign up for our 7-day VegPledge—a pledge he’s kept to this day—and VegWeek was officially recognized by our city through a Mayoral Proclamation.
Energized by his new vegetarian diet, which he refers to as “aligning my morals with my menu,” Sen. Raskin has since helped COK expand our VegWeek campaign into a nationwide effort encouraging people choose meat-free foods as a way to build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world. Start today!
US VegWeek Updates
US VegWeek Success: Thousands Go Meat-Free for a Week!
US VegWeek 2013 was a resounding success with more than 3,500 people from coast to coast taking our 7-Day VegPledge! Across the country, 140 restaurant specials were offered, 150 veg events were held, and the campaign received more media coverage than ever before.
This year, more than 24 elected representatives—on the federal, state, and local levels—have taken the VegPledge! Moreover, from Washington, DC to Tucson, Arizona to Ann Arbor, Michigan to Marin County, California and more, nearly a dozen jurisdictions are making US VegWeek official celebrations in their communities through proclamations and resolutions.
Ask a Dietician
Have questions relating to health? We’ve enlisted Registered Dietician Matt Ruscigno to field all of your questions about nutrition to help ensure you’re eating a balanced diet throughout US VegWeek and after.
NBA Star John Salley Kicks off US VegWeek Events
Former NBA star and vegan advocate John Salley will be kicking off Ann Arbor’s full week of vegan events! He’ll be joined by Mayor John Heiftje who will issue a Proclamation making Ann Arbor VegWeek “official.” (More details available at Ann Arbor VegWeek.)
CT Schools Celebrate VegWeek with Meat-Free Meals
The 3,100 students in Guilford, Connecticut public schools will get a taste of vegetarian eating during US VegWeek! Chef Timothy Cipriano, Director of Food Services for Guilford Public Schools, says all four elementary schools will have 100% meat-free menus, and the daily entree served in its middle and high schools will be a delicious meat-free meal to celebrate US VegWeek and Earth Day.