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Yesterday, NYC marked Earth Day by announcing a local version of a Green New Deal, with two key pieces related to health and food: phasing out city purchasing of processed meat, and reducing purchasing of red meat by 50%.

So as not to leave Earth Day as a single day when we show our gratitude to our fragile planet, we offer the words of John Robbins, the heir to Baskin-Robbins who walked away from wealth and power to live according to his values:

"...The steps that we take toward an Earth-friendly lifestyle are important, both for the ground they cover and for the direction they lead.... We will not, of course, turn things around merely because we do a few convenient things to save the Earth. But as more of us do the things that matter, as more of us lead by example, others will find themselves pulled along.... As more of us find ways of expressing our love for the Earth, others will be swept up in the power of our caring and the integrity of our example." (The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and The World, p. 281-282)

A sustainable plant-based diet is the solution that Robbins has been prophesying about for decades. For those interested in learning more, he and his son Ocean are co-hosting their free, 8th annual Food Revolution Summit online beginning this Saturday. Register here.



Whole food, plant-based (WFPB) dinner preceded by
produce & pulses shopping tour in Starling Avenue Triangle

Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 - 8:45 PM tour, 9:00 - 10:30 PM dinner
Neerob Restaurant, 2096 Starling Avenue (Parkchester, Bronx)
Register here, $17; tour is open to those who have registered for dinner

Instant Dinners with the Instant Pot
with Sharon McRae

Sunday, April 28 | 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Register here, $45; use 10% off discount code 10PPMNY


Lasagna Extravaganza: A Plant-Based Demo & Tasting
with Chef Anthony Spino
Saturday, May 4 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Magick City, 37 Box Street (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Register here, $20; seating is limited


Child eating pepper
Plant-Powered Families: Feeding Kids for Lifelong Health
with Noa Tal, MD; Gail Mayer, MS, RD, CDN; and Natalie Khoo, RD, CSP, CDN, CNSC
Sunday, May 5 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Idealist.org, 389 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor (Midtown Manhattan)
Register here, $12 per family

Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition as a Key to a Healthy Life
with Noa Tal, MD
Sunday, May 5 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM; entire expo runs from 10:00 - 6:00 PM
Kosher Natural & Holistic Health Expo, 2902 Kings Highway (Brooklyn)
Details and registration here, $18

Lose the Pounds without the Frowns
Sunday, May 5 | doors open at 5:00 PM
LaunchPad, 315 Main St. (Huntington, Long Island)
Details will be posted later this week on the PPMNY Long Island Facebook page

WFPB Communal Meal Prep
Saturday, May 11 | 3:00 - 5:30 PM
St. Helena's School Cafeteria, 1315 Olmstead (Parkchester, Bronx)
Register here, $17

Leg and foot bones

Eating Super Foods for Bone Health
with Haley Harzynski, RD, CDN
Thursday, May 16 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Register here, $25; use 10% off discount code 10PPMNY

Bronx Health Fair flyer

2nd Annual Plant-Based Health Fair in the Bronx
Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Helena School Gymnasium, 1315 Olmstead (Parkchester, Bronx)
No registration required

Colorful vegetables
Eat Well Stay Well 2019 One Day Immersion

A Healthy Plant-Based Lifestyle Event
featuring Joel Fuhrman, MD; Saray Stancic, MD; and Chef AJ
Sunday, May 26 | 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (Upper West Side, Manhattan)

Register here, $169

Check out our events calendar on our website, where we post additional health-oriented events in and around the city.


Protein Facts & Fiction: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 
with David Dunaief, MD
Tuesday, April 30 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave. (Staten Island)
Register here

Be Your Own Healer
Monday, May 6 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St.
Register here

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 
Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19
Metropolitan Pavilion, Manhattan
Register here; use discount code SPRINGVEG for 40% off passes



  • Friday, June 7: Public lecture with Dr. Neal Barnard followed by June 8th "Weekend of Wellness" programming (Church of Advent Hope, Manhattan)
  • Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8Plant Based World Conference & Expo (Jacob Javits Convention Center, Manhattan)
  • Thursday, June 20: Food as Medicine Roundtable for Clinicians (Midtown Manhattan)
  • Tuesday, June 25: Fighting Kidney Disease with a Plant-Based Diet + Rethinking Keto Diets (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
  • Saturday, November 23rd Annual Montefiore Einstein Preventive Cardiology Conference (Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx)


Welcome, New Organizers!
Since Plant Powered Metro New York began in early March, we have been working to bring on new leaders in different parts of the NY metro area who can create more opportunities for community-based learning and support about whole food, plant-based nutrition. We're excited to announce the following volunteer organizers who have newly joined our founding team with different focuses:

  • Perryn Ford, Brooklyn
  • Vivian Lee, Morris Park, Bronx
  • Kimberly Ramirez, learning institutions
  • Aifra Ruiz, Latino community
  • Dan Spadaro, Hudson County, NJ -- join the new Hudson County Facebook group
  • Chenel Trevellini, Queens
  • Eloisa Trinidad, general organizer

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel meeting

Weekly Nutrition Support Group at Astoria Church
Father Ed Brady from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria has hosted PPMNY on a weekly basis over the past month, encouraging parishioners to become knowledgeable about a health-promoting plant-based diet. Over the past few weeks, our volunteers gave an overview of WFPB nutrition, demonstrated how to make plant milks, offered a tasting of oil-free salad dressings and dessert, and showed a documentary. The participants have been extremely interested and are working to expand attendance among others in their church community and neighborhood. Father Brady even announced this new Nutrition Support Group on Easter Sunday. Interested in participating? Contact PPMNY Queens organizer Enrica Sacca.


We're changing the paradigm in our communities by raising up the power of food as medicine in preventing and fighting chronic disease. Get involved in this movement by:

Four food groupsGENERAL INFO

In health,

Lianna Levine Reisner, Network Director
and the entire team at PPMNY


PlantPure Communities Pod Network BadgePlant Powered Metro New York is catalyzing the local movement for virbrant health through whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition. As a grassroots, volunteer-led collective, we are an independent member organization of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network.

Visit us at www.plantpoweredmetrony.org.

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