• The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS)

    Offered through Monmouth University’s Center for Human and Community Wellness, Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization that strives to provide:

    • educational resources for informing the public about the advantages of a vegetarian diet;
    • nutritional information, including recipes, that will support and facilitate the adoption and healthful enjoyment of a vegetarian diet;
    • insight into the impact of animal-centered diets on human health, on the integrity of our environment, on world hunger, and on cruelty needlessly inflicted on billions of living, feeling, creatures every year;
    • an opportunity for interested not-yet-vegetarians to learn first-hand about the delights of good vegetarian cooking and to get to know and interact with experienced vegetarians; and
    • an opportunity for enriched understanding, mutual support, and shared fellowship for practicing vegetarians by providing opportunities for community outreach and community service in the interest of good health, environmental protection, and compassionate living.

    MAVS meets on one Sunday per month of most months during each semester. Meetings offer a SHARE-A-DISH DINNER of completely vegetarian foods (a vegan potluck dinner) followed by a lecture, workshop, or forum related to our educational mission.

    Our programs feature distinguished nutrition experts, health-care professionals, creative vegetarian cooks, discussion forums on ethical issues, book reviews, and films.

    MAVS welcomes all Vegetarians to membership—as well as those who, while not yet vegetarians, are interested in learning about Vegetarianism by sharing in the group's activities and in supporting the objectives and philosophy of the Society.

    Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

    For more information about vegan diets, including recipes, click on the following link: www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm#what

    Upcoming MAVS Events

    All of our events are free and open to the public.  

     Valentine's Tea Talk - Learn about the health benefits of tea.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    Presented by: Kirsten Kristensen of The White House in Oakhurt Tea Shop  
    Monmouth University, Magill Commons 107-109 
    Parking is free and available behind The Club in Lot 11. Please bring a vegan dish to share at our potluck.

    Nourishing Ourselves, Nourishing Our Families with Living Foods  

    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm    
    Presented by:
    Karen Ranzi, award-winning author and nutrition expert 
    Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room
    Parking is free and available behind The Club in Lot 11. Please bring a vegan dish to share at our potluck.  

     How Changing Our Diet Can Save the Planet

     DATE TBA - April 2015
    Presented by:
    Demo Maratos, Communications Director at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
     Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room
    Parking is free and available behind The Club in Lot 11. Please bring a vegan dish to share at our potluck.


    Directions and Parking

    • Directions: Click here for directions to the Monmouth University and a map of the campus.
    • Parking: Use Faculty/Commuter Parking - Lots 13, 14, 15. Larchwood Avenue is on the far west side of the Campus.

    What Should I Bring to the Vegan Potluck?

    You will need to bring the following:

    • A vegan dish to share and the appropriate serving utensils. Bring a quantity that would feed two individuals a generous dinner – this quantity will allow multiple people to sample your dish.
    • A recipe of the dish you bring on a 3x5 card (or similar). Please highlight any common allergens such as peanut, tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.), soy, and wheat.
    • Your own plate, bowl, cup/glass, paper towels, and utensils

    Simple Vegan Meal Ideas

    Contact Information

    For more information about MAVS or the requirements for Share-A-Dish contributions, please feel free to contact us at any time. You can send an e-mail to Professor Mary Harris at mcharris@monmouth.edu.