Food for Thought is a program of Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the United States. Located in Grass Valley, California, Animal Place is home to 400 rescued animals, a guest house, residential internship program, and innovative advocacy initiatives.

Since 1989, Animal Place has been a leader in the farmed animal protection movement through rescue, sanctuary, and advocacy. We launched Food for Thought to help other nonprofits adopt humane, sustainable, and healthy menu policies for their sponsored events.

Our work

The Food for Thought program works with other nonprofit organizations to align their menu with their mission. We work with nonprofits — animal shelters, wildlife conservation organizations, environmental groups, and social justice organizations — to adopt menu policies that reflect their commitment to making the world a better place for all — human and nonhuman.

At Food for Thought, we strive to support and respect people of all gender identities, racial identities, nationalities, sexualities, abilities, ages, religions, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our team recognizes that inclusiveness is an ongoing process of educating ourselves. We invite any feedback on how we can be more inclusive.


  • Free consultations for organizations interested in adopting menu policies

  • Grants for vegan events and new menu policies

  • Event hosting advice and tips on acquiring vegan product donations

  • Sample menu policies to serve as examples for other organizations

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Informational brochures

If you’d like to learn more about Food for Thought, please read our informational brochure for Animal Shelters and Environmental/Wildlife Nonprofits. Feel free to print these brochures and share them with your organization! If you would like printed copies mailed to you, please contact us.