INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLKIT

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Make a difference on college campuses! The Pods on Campus Toolkit provides a framework for bringing the health message of a plant-based lifestyle to students, staff, and faculty on campuses everywhere. Sharing the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet is the main focus of the grassroots movement supported by the “Pod Network,” comprised of nearly 500 community groups. Use these materials to create a Pod/club and share the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle with college staff, faculty, and students – the future leaders of our world.

Watch the recording of the “Making a Difference on College Campuses” Webinar, which was broadcast live on June 19, 2018.

Overview

Welcome to the Pods on Campus Toolkit! Creating a Pod on your college campus is an excellent way to share the plant-based message with those around you. Use the information within this Toolkit to create, structure, and grow your Pod on campus. This Action Sheet provides an overview of the Toolkit, and is great place to get started!

Roadmap for Creating a Pod on Campus

There are several different factors to consider when starting a Pod on campus. Use this Action Sheet to think through the different options, namely whether an existing club becomes a Pod, or if a Pod needs to be started from scratch. This Roadmap provides a basic overview of the necessary steps to create your Pod.

Preparing the Framework for your Pod to Grow

This Action Sheet describes the logistics of setting up a Pod on campus. By establishing this structure, you make it possible for your Pod to stay active and grow for many years.

Holding Meetings

Meetings are crucial for a successful Pod on campus as they are a place to engage and attract members, organize events, build momentum, and provide the foundation for the Pod. Use this Action Sheet to work with your Pod members to agree on a meeting structure that best fulfills your Pod’s mission on campus.

Promoting and Fundraising

Once your Pod is established on campus, it’s time to promote it and fundraise. Use this Action Sheet for guidance on how to attract new Pod Members, create a presence on campus, and raise money to contribute to club funds.

Activating your Campus and Community

Conducting events and initiatives on campus and in your community can be the best way to share plant-based information with others. They are rewarding to organize, fun to host, and a great bonding experience for Pod Members. Use this Action Sheet to get ideas and plan events and initiatives with your Pod on campus!

For more Info Sheets on a range of topics, please visit the Resources webpage.

WFPB Diet Explained for the Individual

Overview of a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and basic nutritional information, this Info Sheet is for anyone interested in learning more about WFPB.

Affordable Healthy Eating

It can be incredible to learn that a whole food, plant-based diet can both improve your health and save you money. Check out these ideas for low-cost healthy food shopping and consider what works best for you.

PPC’s Culinary Philosophy

Explains PPC’s culinary philosophy and what it means to be “PlantPure.”

PPC Canva Designs

Skill Sheet: Creating Digital Designs on Canva – Canva is a free graphic design software service that allows you to create digital designs for both web and print use. If you are interested in designing flyers, info cards, social media images, brochure, and more, Canva is a valuable and useful tool. This guide will show you how to set up an account and get started with a basic design.

We request that you review this Skill Sheet before accessing the templates via Canva which we have designed for your use. Please make a copy and save as a new item before you begin, otherwise you might change the “original” template. When you visit the following links, you will be taken to Canva’s website:

Flyer to Promote the Pod Meeting
WFPB Flyer

Download and share this slideshow presentation with interesting and relevant facts about a whole food, plant-based diet!

Is a plant-based diet expensive?

There are many “health foods” such as green juice powders, superfoods, exotic fruits, supplements, and trendy specialty items that give healthy eating an expensive name. However, a well-balanced, nutritious plant-based diet can be cost effective. Staple-foods such as oats, brown rice, (dry) beans, lentils, and other grains and legumes are very cheap when considering price per serving ($0.29/ serving Rolled Oats and $0.21/ serving Brown Rice from Amazon). These items are even cheaper when you buy them in bulk, and because they stay fresh and store well in your pantry, you can keep them for months on hand. Fresh produce, such as fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens, will cost slightly more per serving. Try to buy your produce in season, and locally or from a farmer’s market when possible, to reduce costs. Plan your meals accordingly and use produce when it is fresh, because minimizing food waste will also save you money. Frozen fruits and vegetables may be cheaper, especially in the off-season, so stock your freezer with these convenient and healthy options (check for no added salt or sugar). A study conducted by Miriam Hospital and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank found a plant-based diet “showed annual savings of nearly $750 per person” compared to “the most economical recommendations for healthy eating from the USDA”. The plant-based diet also provided “significantly more serving of vegetables, fruits and whole grains”. Similarly, Dr. McDougall recommends eating lots of starchy foods – potatoes, grains, and legumes, as they are “inherently inexpensive.” Check out McDougall’s newsletter for more cost saving tips, such as buying in bulk, shopping at warehouse supermarkets, make food at home instead of eating out, and more! To minimize your weekly grocery budget, here is a great guide on how to spend $50 dollars a week on healthy plant-based foods from all sections of the grocery store. Check out this article for tips on how to eat a plant-based diet on as little as $5/ day.

Starting Veg Clubs on College Campuses – This article from the Vegetarian Resource Group provides a guide to create a student organization at any college, and was written by Yasmin Radbod, who started a vegetarian club on her campus to bring like-minded people together.

VegYouth – This website provides resources for starting a veg club on campus, based on the founder’s experience starting a club in college.

Incorporating Vegetarian Meals on College Campuses – The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine provides tips for students looking to improve plant-based options offered on their college campus.

It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry – This article presents the problem of food insecurity at college, and looks at ways to make sure all students have access to meals on campus.

Nina and Randa YouTube – Identical twins Nina and Randa Nelson have been vegan from birth. They post videos about their plant-based life, including meal ideas, how to get rid of acne, and other vegan topics.

Clear Skin Diet – Nina and Randa’s book presents a 6-week program for beautiful skin, based on diets eaten by acne-free societies, with a foreword by Dr. John McDougall.