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I've been a vegan for only a little while, about seven months, and my church's youth group does a lot of service projects. I think these are great and I love helping the community, but some of them I don't know if I should go to or not. For example, we have one coming up where we pack up and hand out turkey dinners to people at a homeless shelter, I believe. I don't want to be handing out meat to people, but I still want to help them, and I don't want to come across as rude if I'm free on that day and don't want to do the service project. Any tips?
 

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In my opinion, veganism is about doing what you can, when it is healthy and beneficial for us to do. I see nothing wrong with giving food to the hungry. Participate if you want to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Unless you have an opportunity to veganize something (like make the mashed potatoes usually olive oil and soymilk instead of butter) then it might be good to just abstain from volunteering for that project. THere are plenty of other vegetarian and vegan ways to volunteer to feed poor people. Have you hear of Food Not Bombs? They set up free vegan soup kitchens to feed homeless and other people who need food. PETA often gives away free boxed Tofurky dinners around Thanksgiving. Maybe you could volunteer with them on that project instead.<br><br>
Or you could explain the issue and ask for a job that doesn't involve handling dead animals. It's also worth reminding the organizers that even some homeless people would prefer a veg alternative - beggers can't be choosers but that means that many people with strong religious or ethical beliefs just won't beg at all. They will literally go hungry. Perhaps you could be responsible for a small number of veg dinners. If so, make sure to let the homeless shelter know and promote your veg dinners so anyone who wants one knows they can get it.<br><br>
After you've been vegan a while you might feel more comfortable bringing it up in a way that's not going to offend people.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElaineV</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3031562"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
PETA often gives away free boxed Tofurky dinners around Thanksgiving. Maybe you could volunteer with them on that project instead.</div>
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I love this idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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