Below is an assortment of resources that may be helpful in your quest for a plant-based lifestyle.

Local Resources

CJ Acres Animal Rescue This is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that exists to reduce animal suffering by rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintroducing in-need farmed animals, while promoting compassionate consumption and responsible animal stewardship.

Digg Foods – Digg Foods showcases a tasty lunch menu that rotates depending on what’s available from local farms and organic produce retailers.

EndXMeatMentorMe Vegan Mentoring Program: This is Jacksonville’s volunteer-run mentoring program for anyone looking to transition to a plant-based or vegan lifestyle. This program will give you the tools and information you need to take this important step with confidence and success.

Food For Life Jax - Classes in cancer prevention and survival, diabetes control, kids health (9-12), or vegan kickstart. Our own Jason and Hillary McDonald’s healthy, organic and made fresh in Jacksonville sauces, spice blends, cookies, and more. Also be sure to visit them at the Riverside Arts Market on selected Saturdays from March through December.

Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center Dr. Jon Repole works with patients integrating a new paradigm of healthcare based on dietary, lifestyle medicine and “hands-on” therapies and modalities.

Jacksonville’s Veg-Friendly Dining Your guide to local dining broken down by city sections. Whether you’re in Southside, Riverside, or at the beaches, you’ll find lots of choices for your dining pleasure.

Jax Vegan Love JaxVeganLove: JVL works with local chefs to get more veg-friendly items added on menus, promotes and features local veg happenings and news, covers local veg-friendly eateries & drinks, interviews local chefs and business owners that are implementing veg, shares yummy recipes and so much more. Follow them on Facebook.

Kind Walking – Kind Walking is the first vegan and eco-friendly shoe store in the Southeastern United States, now serving all 50 States through their website. Products include vegan sandals, flip flops, flats, walking shoes, boat shoes — even boots. They also offer distinct products such as vegan belts and shoe inserts.

Manatee Located just a few miles northeast of historical St. Augustine, Manatee Cafe serves delicious healthful cuisine prepared using fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and fresh herbs – organically-grown when available.

Other Resources

EARTHLINGS - EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place.

FatFree Vegan Kitchen: Sinfully Super delicious recipes in all categories, but be sure to search for “ridiculously easy” recipes and “kid-friendly” recipes for super fast, easy and tasty menu ideas.

Forks Over Knives – The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

HappyCow - This site was created as a public service to assist travelers and people everywhere find vegan, vegetarian, and healthy food. A must for all veg travelers.

How to Veganize Any Recipe: Savory Edition – Ready to revamp a favorite family recipe, but don’t know where to start? These expert tips will help you convert any recipe vegan.

How to Veganize Any Recipe: Sweet Edition - These expert tips will help you convert your cake, cookie, and pie recipes to vegan-friendly delights.

No Meat Athlete: Runs on A site geared toward athletes (obviously), but don’t miss the recipes section even if you aren’t athletic!

PETA’s Vegetarian/ Vegan Starter Kit – This guide has everything you need to get started: recipes, tips on eating out, health information, videos, and more.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs and reforms in federal nutrition policies, clinical research, and other projects. Check out the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart for tips and recipes.

Vegan A great way to find the latest trends in vegan body care, fashion, and food.

Vegan Outreach – Vegan Outreach works to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of their illustrated booklets:Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, Compassionate Choices, and Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.

Vegetarian Calculator – Use this form to calculate the impact you have made by being a vegetarian. Vegetarians use less resources like water, food, oil, contribute less CO2 to the atmosphere, and animals are not killed for their consumption.

Vegetarian Resource Group – This site is a virtual treasure trove of free information and resources. If you choose to become a member and support the group, there are even more benefits.

VegGuide – A great community-maintained, world-wide guide to vegetarian and vegan restaurants and shopping. Check out our Jacksonville offerings or use it while traveling.

Why Vegan? video – Why Vegan: To learn about how veganism helps not only animals, but also our own health and spirituality; as well as how it can ease world hunger and why it really is the only hope for the future of our beautiful planet, please visit: and “Like” their Facebook page, too.