The Vegan Pledge is a program that has been offered by Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) for the past several years and it's now spreading nationwide. From Philadelphia to Wisconsin to California, participants will be pledging to go vegan for one month with the help and guidance of vegan mentors.
The four-week program is designed to provide all the necessary education and resources to those who are ready to try going vegan. A series of weekly meetings will provide pledges with speakers, cooking classes, and even grocery store tours. Each pledge is paired up with their own personal mentor, an individual who has been vegan for some time and will be there to assist and answer any questions that may arise in between weekly meetings. Many past pledge participants have remained vegan for years now and PAN works hard to ensure participants have resources available to them long after the pledge is over.
The Vegan Pledge is now gearing up to launch its 2013 programs for the new year and those who are interested in participating in pledge or would like to volunteer to help can fill out a signup form for their city online. PAN Campaign Director and registered dietitian (RD), Ed Coffin, says that the Vegan Pledge is effective because it provides useful resources to participants, but also because pledges are involved in a very intimate group setting which is crucial to sustaining long-term lifestyle change.