About Hudson Valley Vegans: Welcome!
This group was started to find vegans and those who are curious about veganism. We are centered in the Hudson Valley area.
We combine Social Events and Social Action by enjoying delicious, healthful vegan food and encouraging others to do so. The more people who choose vegan food, the fewer farmed animals will be raised. You do not have to be vegan to join, just eat like one when you are with us. We get together to learn and to inform others.
In 1996, Rae Schlecht of Kingston NY, who was an avid long-distance bicycle rider, learned about carbohydrate loading as the best way to prepare for a race. Why not eat that way all the time?, she wondered. Soon she founded the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society which grew rapidly and drew members form many parts of our area.
wording in green with the paragraph below. Rae planned events and tabled at numerous health fairs and community days each year and worked hard for us to get our tax exempt status. She recruited a group of hard working volunteers which enable us to grow. We remember Rae with love and gratitude for all she did for us and for the vegan movement. Roberta Schiff of Rhinebeck NY took over in 2002 and we are still expanding and offer a variety of events each year. We now call ourselves Hudson Valley Vegans.
Environmental perspective - we also encourage you to learn more about the environmental impact caused by animal agriculture, including its great contribution to global waning and word hunger. Exploring and presenting the many benefits of eating a plant based diet is central to our focus and outreach.
Past Hudson Valley Vegan Events