Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Group Leaders and our answers. If you need additional assistance, please email email@example.com.
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?
To build stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities by supporting and educating their local communities about the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle though Pod meetings and projects. All Pods are part of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network and work together as a grassroots movement to encourage all people to eat whole plant-based foods and reduce or eliminate their consumption of animal products, including meat, dairy, fish, and eggs, and also processed food, such as sugar and oil.
If I already have or belong to a group, am I allowed to become part of the Pod Network?
Yes! We are inclusive of anyone who would like to join the Pod Network even if they are already affiliated with an existing group. If you’d like your group to become a part of the Pod Network, we invited you to become a Group Leader. Once the application process is completed, your group will be listed as part of the Pod Network and will be visible to anyone searching for a Pod to join in your community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more on this topic, please refer to the Action Sheet: Naming your Pod. It is perfectly acceptable for Pods to refer to themselves (either verbally or in written documents) as being an independent member organization in the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Pod Network.
The Pod Badge is intended for Group Leaders to use on websites and flyers to show a Pod’s connection to the PPC Pod Network. (A preview of the badge is available here.) If you’d like to use the Badge, please complete the Pod Leader License Agreement to Use Pod Network Badge form and then email email@example.com to let us know you’ve submitted the form. By using the badge, you certify that your Pod is a member organization of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network; and that your Pod has read and adopted the PlantPure Communities Culinary Philosophy. This badge is restricted to Pod-related use only.
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 PlantPure Communities Culinary Philosophy to learn more.
Are Group Leaders allowed to promote products, services, or personal businesses at Pod events?
While it is not against PPC’s policy for Group Leaders to have a personal business, we ask Group Leaders to be transparent with their Pod members by disclosing business interests and clarifying that their personal business is separate from the Pod. Minimize how often it is mentioned if you choose to mention it during a Pod Event, or create a clear distinction, e.g., if you have a table at a conference or VegFest, place materials in separate sections of the table.
If you choose to use the same name for your Pod as your business, the word “Pod” must be added to the end of the Pod version of the name.
Spamming is not allowed, so if you’d like to promote products and services, create a separate email list (or Facebook group, etc.) for that purpose and let members know it is optional to sign up.
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”.