For college students, maintaining specialty diets like veganism might seem more challenging. However, many students live on a vegan diet on campus and are able to maintain their diet that excludes animal products like eggs, meat, fish, dairy and honey— all common staples to the average person’s diet.
On Dec. 5, 2018, Carolina Dining Services was given an A+ vegan rating on peta2's Vegan Report Card. As an subset of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), peta2 focuses on getting youth involved in animal rights. The report card included criteria on ingredient labeling, Meatless Monday participation, offering egg replacements and offering an all-vegan station.
Ally Henry, a junior at UNC, said she had options at the dining halls, but said it was difficult to use plus swipes and eat out because of the limited vegan and vegetarian options in Chapel Hill.
“Living on campus was really hard with the dietary restriction I have,” said Henry, who has been on a largely vegan diet for five years.
With a diet that restricts many of the dishes served in restaurants and the dining halls, vegan students rely heavily on cooking at home and the vegan-friendly options at the salad bar or vegetable station in the dining halls on campus.