Penn State Vegetarian Advisory Board Receives Grade A Vegan Report Card
The Penn State Vegetarian Advisory Board (VAB) recently received a grade A Vegan Report Card from peta2, the world's largest youth animal rights group.
The VAB, sponsored by Penn State Food Services, offers a forum for students to discuss vegetarian and vegan meal accommodations on campus. The VAB welcomes feedback in the form of concerns as well as new recipes, tips, and ideas related to vegetarian and vegan dining.
Peta2 recognized the VAB for "going above and beyond to provide all students with exceptional vegan food." Peta2 publishes a Vegan Report Card annually to grade colleges and universities on their current vegan dining accommodations. The grade is determined based on an annual survey sent to both the food service department and students.
"We are very excited about the positive press from peta2 regarding our vegan dining options," says Registered Dietitian and PA Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist Megan Kronenwetter.
According to Kronenwetter, vegan dining is constantly evolving at Penn State. VAB is instrumental in keeping up with new trends with open forums for vegetarian and vegan students throughout the semester.
Recently, the VAB has seen a greater demand for "faux meat" menu items as well as vegan versions of traditional comfort foods. The culinary team has found success in modifying popular meat-based menu items and creating vegan versions, such as a General Tso's tofu option or Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.
Campus Dining upholds standards to ensure vegan students have a variety of menu choices each day. Some of those standards include offering a vegan soup option every day and a vegan entree at every meal. Each all-you-care-to-eat facility also has a Vegetarian Living Cooler containing dairy alternatives and whole-grain, plant-based protein options at the salad bars.
"It's always a challenge to find balance between keeping on trend and offering options that appeal to our vegan customers," says Kronenwetter. "Each year seems to bring forth a new set of trends for vegan dining at Penn State."