Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Group Leaders 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.
Won't people joining Pods take away from my existing group's membership?
If people in your existing group join a Pod, that will 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: the resources that PlantPure Communities provides to the Pod Network 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.
How can I indicate that my Pod is 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 an independent member organization in the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Pod Network. For more on this topic, please refer to the Action Sheet: Naming your Pod.
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.
Am I allowed to promote my products and/or services to Pod members?
No, you are not allowed to promote products and services to 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 Pod members will be immediately removed.
How can I update the description of my Pod on my Pod page and add a new picture?
See this PDF document for a detailed guide: How to Personalize a Pod Page
Use the “Description” field to provide a link to your Pod’s Facebook or Meetup page if you have one. Also, you can use this field to include an accurate count of your Pod members (since not all of them will be registered users on the Pod website).
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:
How do I find my password to log-in to the Pods website - PlantPurePods.com?
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 on the Pods website?
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”.