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August 22, 2014

Veggie Caucus on a Roll With ‘Healthy on the Hill’ Lunches

More than 120 staffers gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building today for the second “Healthy on the Hill” luncheon, an event aimed at promoting a healthy, plant-based diet.

Co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, or Veggie Caucus, the event featured a 9-year-old speaker, an outline of dining options around the Hill and 10 recipes, each made in front of the audience.

Veggie Caucus on a Roll With Healthy on the Hill Lunches

PCRM’s Jill Eckart, center, teaches staffers about healthy, vegan food options Thursday, alongside Food for Life Instructor Kara Blank-Gonzalez, left, and PCRM’s Joe Gonzales, right. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call)

The luncheon followed calls from vegetarian staffers to bring back “Meatless Monday” after it was shut down by congressional dining operator Restaurant Associates in June.

“We are still not pushing any political agenda,” Veggie Caucus President Adam Sarvana said. “We’re just here to provide information for people who want to know more.”

Sarvana and three other Veggie Caucus members were set to meet with Steve Kopperud, executive vice president of Policy Directions and others who lobbied Restaurant Associates to shut down the Hill’s only “Meatless Monday.”

Veggie Caucus on a Roll With Healthy on the Hill Lunches

More than 120 congressional staffers attended the second Healthy on the Hill luncheon. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call)

Each attendee also received three vegan foods for lunch: a smoothie sample, an eggplant “bacon BLT” and a sweet corn, tomato and basil salad.

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