Distribute Starter Kits
Leaving stacks of advocacy booklets (e.g. Something Better and/or V-lish) out for the public to grab is a quick and easy way to spread compassion in your community or on your campus. Spread them around your community, and don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of your neighbors in the vegetarian food section of the grocery store!
Step 1. Confirm some good locations
There are many businesses that will let you leave literature out for their customers. We’ve had success with places like health food stores, yoga studios, coffee shops, music stores, libraries, bookstores, laundromats, gyms, salons, and veg-friendly restaurants, but you may have some more good ideas, too. To find places near you, go to Google Maps and enter, for example, “Yoga Studios in Watkins Glen, NY.” Copy down the names and phone numbers of however many places you’re willing to reach out to. Then, call each one, say you’re a volunteer with Farm Sanctuary, and ask if they’ll let you leave a small stack of vegetarian brochures at their business. Many will say yes! If there are health food stores, coffee shops, or other places you already visit on a regular basis, be sure to ask them, too!
Step 2. Order literature
For large-scale special orders, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipping fees will apply. As of Sept. 1, 2015, we have V-lish booklets in stock, and are printing more copies of Something Better. Please follow us on Facebook for updates!
Step 3. Put out the kits, then refresh
Once you’ve received the brochures from us, it’s time to play the role of delivery driver. You can plan a nice route to hit all the places that you’re going to be leaving them with this handy route planner tool. We recommend leaving a stack of about 25 booklets in most locations; if you put too many out, they may get thrown away. After putting out your booklets, you’ll want to drive around and refresh them about once a month (more for a coffee shop or natural foods store). Because we don’t want you to get burned out, we recommend limiting yourself to 10 locations, at least for the first couple months.
For other interesting ways to distribute vegetarian information, click through to page two by using the numbered boxes at the bottom of the page.