Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Pod Leaders and our answers. If you need additional assistance, please email podsupport@plantpurecommunities.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?

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! Already established groups are welcome to join the Pod Network as long as they agree to adhere to the Culinary Philosophy. If you’d like your group to become a member organization in the PPC Pod Network, we invite you to fill out the Pod Leader application. 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 Pod Leader? What is the process to become a co-Pod Leader?

Yes, many Pods have more than one Pod Leader, who are called co-Pod Leaders. We encourage Pod Leaders to find support and delegate some of the responsibilities related to running a Pod to co-Pod Leaders. Send an email to PPC at podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org to add a co-Pod Leader. The request should include the name, email, and phone number for the proposed co-Pod Leader, and ideally, that person would be included in the cc: of the email. If the person making the request is the new co-Pod Leader, please copy the existing Pod Leader on your message so that we know they are in the loop.

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 Pod 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 podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org 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.

Are Pod Leaders allowed to promote products, services, or personal businesses at Pod events?

While it is not against PPC’s policy for Pod Leaders to have a personal business, we ask Pod 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 can I change the email address associated with my account on the Pod site?

You can view and change the email address associated with your account by first highlighting your User Icon in the top, left-hand corner of the page and then clicking on the Settings menu item.  You will see the email address in the “Account Email” field.  After you have changed the email address, click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.