We believe that choosing vegetarian foods is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, the environment, and for animals. Replacing animal foods with plant foods reduces the animal suffering and environmental destruction that result from modern animal agriculture. It is a meaningful way to help make a better world and to feel good about how we live our lives. At the same time, we remove foods that have been linked with serious health problems, and replace them with beneficial plant foods that contribute to good health.
BVS organizes an active schedule of educational, outreach, and community building events, several each month (read about them on our Events & Activities page). We also organize the annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, one of the largest vegetarian events in the world. We encourage non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike to join us as we learn and share information, friendship, and community support in carrying out our Mission. BVS is an all-volunteer organization.
Membership and Organization
- BVS is an all-volunteer organization with membership open to vegetarians
and non-vegetarians. Our events are open to members and non-members.
- BVS began in 1986, is incorporated in Massachusetts as an educational
non-profit, and has 501(c)3 tax-exempt status under the IRS.
- BVS is an affiliate member of the North American Vegetarian Society, the Vegetarian Union of North America, and the International Vegetarian Union.
Support BVS with your membership! Join here.
What People Are Saying About BVS
"Being involved in BVS changed my life. It has increased my ethical awareness, my feelings of self-worth. I can't imagine going back to the way things were before. BVS has been an unbelievably positive experience."
"The best times I've had living in Boston have been at BVS."
—Tara Dawn Hochstein
"The Boston Vegetarian Society is probably the most active vegetarian society in the United States. Soon to celebrate their 20th anniversary, in addition to all their monthly programs, they put on the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, an all-volunteer endeavor which brings thousands of people from all over to learn about vegetarianism and veganism in a free fun friendly setting....They are doing such good work in the world; I'm honored they considered me part of their mission."
—April 2004 issue of Dr. Michael Greger's Monthly Newsletter
"It was great being involved with BVS -- I hope there is something even closely comparable to it in L.A. BVS is by far the best run and most consistent all-volunteer organization I have ever seen!"
— Samir Sanghani
"The thing that I like most about Boston is BVS."
— Archana Shah, M.D.
"Thank you for letting me support and participate in the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. I think this is one of the best things Boston offers to the world. BVS has my undying praise for pulling this off every year."
— Charlie Behrens, BVFF Volunteer
"We come from Connecticut to attend the festival, and I put in for the day off from work ten months in advance. For my wife and I, it's our favorite day of the year. It's Christmas and both our birthdays all rolled into one."
— Scott Walker, attendee
"The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival was absolutely amazing! It was possibly the best festival I've ever been to. And that includes music festivals."
— Robert Stark, attendee