Jennifer G.



Bellport, NY
Hometown: Silver Spring, Houston, Ann Arbor, Vancouver, Bellport

Organizer since:

April 7, 2008

How did you learn about Vegan Long Island—did you find us through Via Facebook? Through a friend? Did you hear about us at an event? Maybe you spotted a VEGAN button on a friendly stranger, and you struck up a conversation!

Curious about VLI's history? Years ago, Amie Hamlin founded Club VEG, and started the monthly vegan dinners at Curry Club in Setauket. Amie was the catalyst for me going vegan. In 2008, I started up the Bellport Vegan Meetup. But I didn't find many vegans in Bellport, so I named the group to include a wider area: Suffolk Vegan Smorgasbord. Meanwhile, Christine Santos had founded Long Island Vegan Community. She passed it on to Michael Krimsky. In 2009, Michael was getting ready to relocate from Long Island. We decided to merge our memberships—and VLI was born.

What's your present diet like? (We appreciate that today you may be just vegan-curious, and we're happy to have you sign up—because every vegan meal is a positive step! We ask that everyone be open to new things & always treat others with kindness.)

I'm vegan now. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

If you need compassionate support, VLI can help. Are you having trouble going or staying vegan for any reason? If so, reply "yes" here, or send us a private message—a member of the leadership team will contact you. If you're doing fine, that's great!

I'm a healthy, happy vegan. The evidence indicates that most people thrive on a healthy, B12-fortified plant-sourced diet. But I hope EVERYONE will respond with compassion if you ever meet someone who is thinking about going back to a non-vegan diet. This is a sample of what you can say: - - - - - I'm so sorry to hear about what you've been going through. I hope you continue to feel better. Nobody deserves to be feeling bad. Did you know there are professionals who specialize in helping folks in your situation? Jack Norris, RD is one such expert. He'll be happy to help if he can. His contact page: Matt Ruscigno is another RD who might be of help: Locally, Jeannie Gedeon is another who might be able to help: I certainly wish you good health. May we all show one another compassion, as we strive to build a more compassionate world.

About participation: it's totally fine to be relatively inactive. But if you want to get involved right away, great! Do you know of a good venue for a potluck? Got time or money for projects? If so, let us know. If not, you can reply "Not right now."

I'm looking forward to developing our leadership team! If you're interested in getting involved, please send me a message.

We love hearing your top reason(s) for choosing vegan food/vegan living:

For me, living this way is participation in a justice movement. It's conscientious objection to the deliberate exploitation of sentient beings. It's also a far more efficient way to feed the billions of us humans who are living on this planet. And widespread adoption of a vegan diet will also buy precious time for us to save the climate.


Must-see videos: Dr. Joy on psychology of meat:­ & Dr. Greger on nutrition:­ Share these! As for me, I'm married w/1 kid. More on me here: http://www.meetup...­

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