Plant Seeds and So Shall We Grow
As we extend into week six of this period of physical distancing, here is an update on how the Toronto Vegetarian Association is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and information about the new online programming we are offering to the veg community.
First of all, everyone at the TVA is doing well. We hope that you and your family members are also doing well and practicing safe distancing.
This pandemic was caused by a coronavirus of animal origin, which shifted to a human host and has spread rapidly, as there is no natural human immunity. In this context, we know that the TVA’s work has never been so important.
We have been thrilled to meet many members of the community during our weekly virtual lunch club and the Instant Pot cooking demo that was held on Facebook Live. Our virtual TVA Facebook cookbook club has over 50 members who are eagerly sharing recipes and photos of the amazing dishes they have prepared. Our Instagram stories showcase food stories and news about open restaurants.
At the beginning of April, we moved the Veg Spring Market online, showcasing online offerings from 13 veg businesses and non-profits, and broadcasting five free online workshops including how to make your own vegan cake pops, easing into running on a plant-based diet, and more. (You can watch those videos on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/torontoveg).
Please check out our Facebook Page if you want to participate in these clubs or other activities. Like the Page if you want to get the notifications. Our Instagram is @torontoveg, so please follow us if you have not done so already. If you are not a member of our Facebook groups, send us a request and we will get you signed up.
In addition to the cancellation of in-person events, we’ve had to temporarily close our Resource Centre, and the outreach season where we spread our message has been severely curtailed with the cancellation of events such as the Green Living Show and Pride Street Fair.
We know that maintaining community is extremely important in helping people to follow a veg diet consistently, ESPECIALLY those who are new to the veg diet or have been recently struggling. That is, and will remain, our focus.
We’ve recently kicked off a calendar of online programming including more cooking demos and nutritional webinars, and we’ll continue our community outreach in a different form, reaching out to workplaces hosting virtual lunch and learns for employees to offer our free Veg 101 presentations.
You may be wondering whether the beloved Veg Food Fest will happen this year. We are also monitoring this very closely and preparing for a range of scenarios. If the festival cannot be hosted this year or is scaled-back due to continued restrictions, we do know that we may lose the kind of visibility and the opportunity to communicate and share our resources that we have enjoyed for decades. We may also lose valuable revenue from our flagship event to sustain the running costs of TVA throughout the year to pay for our outreach and ongoing costs.
While we are fiercely dedicated to keep TVA running, we recognize that without ongoing membership retention, new member recruitment, monthly donors and donations we would find it very difficult to continue over the next six months.
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Your support remains critical. In fact, there has never been a time where your generosity and love for the TVA have been more important.
And yes, there are still many businesses that offer discounts to TVA members who are still open for take-out or delivery. You can see a list which we are updating once a week here.
We express our deep thanks to you for your past support and engagement, and we are still very hopeful for the future.
Please reach out to us at email@example.com if there is anything you would like to share as we continue to be your partners during this period. If you need any reading or listening material, please check out our past issues of Lifelines here and listen to our podcast which is continuing on with new bi-weekly episodes.