Here are some of the questions we get asked regularly and our answers. If you need additional assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the PlantPure Communities Pod Network?
The PPC Pod Network offers support and networking opportunities to everyone interested in learning, incorporating, advocating, and practicing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Participation is free. Pods are independent groups of like-minded people, working together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as have fun and build friendships. Examples of Pods include local “meetups,” vegetarian/vegan societies, churches, schools, associations and even corporate wellness programs. Existing organizations can join the Pod Network as well.
What is the purpose of a Pod?
PlantPure Communities has created an online environment to educate and provide a space for collaboration among groups who share our core beliefs. These Pods create an environment where like-minded people can work together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities while also having fun and building friendships. Pod members can educate people on the connections of a plant-based lifestyle to our health, the environment, farming, animal welfare, and food and health inequities. The Pods’ purpose is not to compete with existing organizations, but rather to enable people and organizations that have worked separately in the past to come together around the unifying idea of plant-based nutrition.
When choosing a name for my new Pod, I would like to indicate that we are affiliated with the PlantPure movement. May I use "PlantPure" in the name of my Pod?
There are ongoing and ever-changing issues connected to using the trademark and trade name “PlantPure.” Therefore, “PlantPure” should not be used in the name of Pods. Separately, it is perfectly acceptable for independent groups/Pods to refer to themselves (either verbally or in written documents) as being a member organization in the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Pod Network. For more on this topic, please refer to the Action Sheet: Naming your Pod.
How are Pods organized?
Envision a pea plant with numerous pea pods growing on it. Our Pods are organized based off this structure that the plant community naturally provided. There are two levels of organization within the Pod structure.
- Pods: Each independent group is referred to as a Pod because it is like a pod on a plant, containing many peas – the community members who join the Pod! Each Pod has its own name and is an individual organization. It can be referred to as a Member Organization in the PPC Pod Network.
- PPC Pod Network: The Pod Network is like the whole plant. It incorporates all of the Pods, providing each Pod with the materials needed to grow, thrive, and be successful.
Is there a membership fee to join the PlantPure Communities Pod Network?
No, there is no fee for starting a Pod, or for an independent group or organization to join the PPC Pod Network.
How can I join a Pod?
To join a Pod, click HERE to sign up!
What do I do if there is no local Pod in my area?
If there is not a Pod in your town or city, you can start a new Pod! We invite you to apply by clicking HERE.
Won't people joining Pods take away from my group's membership?
If people in your existing group join a Pod, that will definitely not take away from your group’s membership. We are inclusive for anyone who would like to join even if they are affiliated with another group outside the Pod network. Your members are free to belong to both groups. By joining a Pod, your members gain two important things: a vast amount of resources that PlantPure Pods provide and the ability to network with other plant-based people on a global level.
Can one Pod have more than one Group Leader? What is the process to become a co-Group Leader?
Yes, many Pods have more than one Group Leader, who are called co-Group Leaders. We encourage Group Leaders to find support and delegate some of the responsibilities related to running a Pod to co-Group Leaders. The process to become a co-Group Leader is for the original Group Leader to send an email to PPC. That request must include the name, email, and phone number for the proposed co-Group Leader, and ideally, that person would be included in the cc: of the email. The Group Leader needs to send that email to email@example.com.
Can I join more than one Pod?
Yes, you can join more than one Pod. This may be helpful for people who travel a lot or spend extended periods of time in more than one area. However, we strongly suggest that you focus your time and efforts in participating in one Pod if possible.
Am I allowed to promote my products and/or services to PlantPure Pod members?
No, you are not allowed to promote products and services to PlantPure Pod members unless you have entered into a sponsor arrangement with PlantPure Communities and are abiding by PPC’s sponsor guidelines. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone caught spamming PlantPure Pod members will be immediately removed.
How do I find my password?
If you forgot your password, click on the “Login” button in the top right-hand corner and click on the “Reset Your Password” link. An email will be sent to you with a link to the our password reset tool.
How can I change my password?
If you are already logged in and want to change your password, just click on your picture in the top right-hand corner and select “Settings” from the drop down menu. You can then enter a new email address and/or password. Make sure to click ‘Save Changes”.
What is your stance on the use of salt and sugar, as well as nuts, avocados, and other plant foods high in natural fat?
Please review our culinary philosophy to learn more.
How do I add the link for my Facebook and/or Meetup page to my Pod's page?
You can easily add a link to to your Facebook page or Meetup page by placing the link in the description of your Pod’s page. Go to your Pod’s page and click on the Manage link. You must have the role of administrator for your Pod’s page in order to do this. If you do not see the Manage link on your Pod’s page and you a Pod Leader, please contact your Regional Manager. After clicking on the Manage link, you’ll be presented with the Detail section of your Pod’s page where you can edit the Group Description. In that text area, type the link(s) to your Facebook and/or Meetup page and be sure to include the http:// or the https:// at the beginning of the link. After you’ve added the link, click the Save Changes button. If you wish to notify existing members about the update to the description, place a checkmark in the “Notify group members of these changes via email” box before clicking the Save Changes button. That’s it! Here’s an example: