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About VSSJ

The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey (VSSJ) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is:

  • Educational:  To educate the public on the benefits of a plant-based diet.  Information is provided through literature, videos, cooking classes, and speakers.
  • Social:  To provide opportunities for people to meet, share meals, and to have fun.
  • Supportive:  To offer advice, encouragement, and friendship to those in transition to a vegetarian diet.
Click here to join VSSJ!

Your membership supports our educational outreach and other programs, provides great member discounts, and is tax-deductible!

VSSJ supports anyone in transition to a plant-based diet, no matter what stage they have reached.  We provide educational outreach and support to people from omnivore to vegan.  Our social events are primarily plant-based, as we endeavor to have food and refreshments all attendees can enjoy.  Group membership is closely split between vegan and vegetarian, with some (veg-friendly) omnivores.

VSSJ events are open to the public, except when noted as members only.  Everyone is welcome:  vegetarian, vegan, or veg-curious!

Since 1986, VSSJ has given to the community in many ways:

  • Held health expos at Burlington County College, Rowan University, and Burlington Meeting House
  • Provided healthy food options at Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival, Country Living Fair at Batsto Village, Burlington County Earth Fair, Whitesbog Blueberry Festival, Franklin Township Community Day, Olde Marlton Fall Festival, and the Climate Change Film Festival, to name a few
  • Provided informational displays and free literature at numerous libraries, festivals, and farm markets
  • Sponsored free monthly lectures, teen/children’s programs, and film showings
  • Provided workshops for Whole Foods Market Meatless Mondays
  • Supported other nonprofit activities: food kitchen, food drives, and animal protection events via bake sales, supply drives, donations, and volunteer work days
  • Provided support for many people in transition to a vegetarian diet, or just trying to eat healthier, via educational outreach at events, website, Facebook group and page, email, phone, and mailing lists
  • Held or sponsored cooking demos
  • Held fun social events, including potluck dinners & picnics, and restaurant outings
  • Developed and distributed a Vegan-Friendly Cape May Dining Brochure
  • Maintained a comprehensive vegetarian dining guide
  • Sponsored a large Facebook community

Please contact us if interested in helping out with an existing chapter, or with starting a chapter in your area.  To volunteer, visit our Get Involved page.

Contact info

Officers & Coordinators

President:  Janet Erickson
Vice President:  Carol Githens
Corresponding Secretary:  Heather Kristian
Recording Secretary:  Maryellen Zitzler
Event Coordinator:  Lorraine Bal
Membership Coordinator:  Theresa Anderson
Outreach Coordinator:  George Zitzler
Volunteer Coordinator:  Will Bancroft
Vegetarian Neighbors Coordinators:  Anne Dinshah & Sarah Filippi-Field
Atlantic Cape Coordinator:   

Page last update:   May 18, 2018