• The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS)

    Offered through Monmouth University’s Center for Human and Community Wellness, Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization that strives to provide:

    • educational resources for informing the public about the advantages of a vegetarian diet;
    • nutritional information, including recipes, that will support and facilitate the adoption and healthful enjoyment of a vegetarian diet;
    • insight into the impact of animal-centered diets on human health, on the integrity of our environment, on world hunger, and on cruelty needlessly inflicted on billions of living, feeling, creatures every year;
    • an opportunity for interested not-yet-vegetarians to learn first-hand about the delights of good vegetarian cooking and to get to know and interact with experienced vegetarians; and
    • an opportunity for enriched understanding, mutual support, and shared fellowship for practicing vegetarians by providing opportunities for community outreach and community service in the interest of good health, environmental protection, and compassionate living.

    MAVS meets on one Sunday per month of most months during each semester. Meetings offer a SHARE-A-DISH DINNER of completely vegetarian foods (a vegan potluck dinner) followed by a lecture, workshop, or forum related to our educational mission.

    Our programs feature distinguished nutrition experts, health-care professionals, creative vegetarian cooks, discussion forums on ethical issues, book reviews, and films.

    MAVS welcomes all Vegetarians to membership—as well as those who, while not yet vegetarians, are interested in learning about Vegetarianism by sharing in the group's activities and in supporting the objectives and philosophy of the Society.

    Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

    For more information about vegan diets, including recipes, click on the following link: www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm#what

    Upcoming MAVS Events

    Fall Vegan Potluck + A Special Presentation:
    The Experience of Parenting Vegetarian or Vegan Children
    Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:00 pm
    Presented by: Chris Hirschler, Ph.D., MCHES; Jennifer Quirk, Health Studies major; and Brittany Palmisano, Health Studies major
    Location: Monmouth University, on the 2nd Floor of Bey Hall #201 (Turrell Board Room).
    Parking is available in Lots 13/15, off of Larchwood Avenue.
    Vegan Potluck + A Talk on Foods to Keep You Healthy Through the Winter
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:00 pm
    Presented by: Alex & Cara from Seed to Sprout
    Location: Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room
    Parking is available behind The Club in Lot 11.
    Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration + Special Guest Speaker Mike Stura
    Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00 pm - Save the Date!
    Presented by: Mike Stura, animal rescuer
    Location: Monmouth University, Specific Room Location TBA


    Directions and Parking

    • Directions: Click here for directions to the Monmouth University and a map of the campus.
    • Parking: Use Faculty/Commuter Parking - Lots 13, 14, 15. Larchwood Avenue is on the far west side of the Campus.

    What Should I Bring to the Vegan Potluck?

    You will need to bring the following:

    • A vegan dish to share and the appropriate serving utensils. Bring a quantity that would feed two individuals a generous dinner – this quantity will allow multiple people to sample your dish.
    • A recipe of the dish you bring on a 3x5 card (or similar). Please highlight any common allergens such as peanut, tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.), soy, and wheat.
    • Your own plate, bowl, cup/glass, paper towels, and utensils

    Simple Vegan Meal Ideas

    Contact Information

    For more information about MAVS or the requirements for Share-A-Dish contributions, please feel free to contact us at any time. You can send an e-mail to Professor Mary Harris at mcharris@monmouth.edu.

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