Ahimsa lights the way

American-Vegan-Center-logoAmerican Vegan Center

The American Vegan Center shares vegan info, books, history, merchandise, and much more at 17 N. 2nd Street in Old City Philadelphia. Read our official opening announcement. We offer Veg History walking tours of Old City. Sign Up Here for a tour! Come enjoy food from vegan entrepreneurs and discover how delicious vegan cuisine really is! And post a selfie with our Go Vegan sign, the Animal Freedom Bell, or our mascot Hope “Belle” Ahimsa who is a life-sized plush cow! We appreciate all donations; you enable this amazing Center.

DECEMBER 2021 Hours:

Wednesday / Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm, Friday: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday / Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm (closed Mon/Tues)

Open Christmas Eve for all your last-minute gifts. Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to make your vegan resolutions easier!


Imagine touring a historic city and finding a vegan visitors’ center where you are welcomed and can relax. The city where the United States vegetarian movement was launched in 1817, and where the modern vegan movement began in 1957, today is home to a vibrant vegan food scene, from nationally acclaimed fine dining to amazing vegan burgers and donuts. Philadelphia Pennsylvania has a rich and curious plant-based past and today is known for great events, friendly people, and a diverse vegan community.

American Vegan Center

Located on a charming corner of Old City, the American Vegan Center (AVC) is a hub of vegan information. The Welcome Room is a small shop with books, T-shirts, Philly-specific vegan souvenirs, and food from vegan entrepreneurs! As live indoor events become safely feasible, the Center will open its Event Room to host presentations by chefs, doctors, scholars, authors, and others.

Walking tours showcase Philly’s rich vegetarian and vegan heritage. Here is the current schedule of upcoming veg history tours.

The announcement of the Center has drawn attention from many quarters. These articles paint a picture of the Center and its goals from differing perspectives:

Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews:
The US is getting a national vegan welcome center

Patrick Kerr, GRID Magazine:
New venue offers a place to discover plant-based food and history

Peter Crimmins, WHYY:
New center will highlight Philadelphia’s vegan roots


To keep AVC going, we are soliciting involvement wherein individuals, businesses, and foundations pledge annual donations of $100 to $50,000. Our target is $200,000 for the first year, and have already received $109,000.

Please send checks to: AVS, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328. Phone AVS at 856-694-2887 for more information. PayPal buttons are very useful for smaller donations and monthly pledges, but they do take out a fee. Budget is available upon request.

Vegan Explorer $500-$999

American Vegan Society annual membership

Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt

Certificate of appreciation

Thanked at AVC opening event

Named individually on AVC slide show

Bumper sticker

Vegan Guide $1,000-$4,999

Zoom call with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah

Life membership AVS

Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt

Certificate of appreciation

Thanked at AVC opening event

Named individually on AVC slide show

Bumper sticker

Vegan Cuisine Initiator $5,000-$14,999

    Recognized by name on wall plaque

    First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)

    Zoom call with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah

    Life membership AVS

    Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt

    Certificate of appreciation

    Thanked at AVC opening event

    Named individually on AVC slide show

    Bumper sticker

Dynamic Harmlessness Hero $15,000-$24,999

    Dinner with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah at Vedge (when safe to do so)

    Free VIP Admission to all AVS events

    Listed annually in American Vegan magazine

    Customized 2’x3′ Drawalong image around your initials

    Named on wall plaque

    First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)

    Life membership AVS

    Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt

    Certificate of appreciation

    Thanked at AVC opening event

    Named individually on AVC slide show

    Bumper sticker

American Vegan Benefactor $25,000 and up

    Naming rights to AVC Welcome Room or AVC Event Space (top 2 donors)

    Featured coverage of gift in American Vegan magazine, including interview

    Thanked in all AVC press releases

    Special dinner for you and a guest cooked by Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and Anne Dinshah at the AVC (when safe to do so)

    Free VIP Admission to all AVS events

    Listed annually in American Vegan magazine

    Customized 2’x3′ Drawalong image around your initials

    First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)

    Life membership AVS

    Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt

    Certificate of appreciation

    Thanked at AVC opening event

    Named individually on AVC slide show

    Bumper sticker

Special Funding Opportunity - Endowed Staff Position

If you are interested in creating an endowed staff full-time position for the AVC, please reach out to Development Manager Gabby Mora at [email protected]

Choose your amount and whether to donate once, monthly, or annually!

56 Dinshah Lane, P.O. Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 856.694.2887
Copyright © 1960 -2021

AVS is a registered 501(c)3 organization, EIN 226058533. All donations made to the American Vegan Society are tax deductible.

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