As part of our activist profile series, today we meet Kacy Franzen. Kacy was brought aboard the VO leafleting team to leaflet college campuses in the Los Angeles area. This fall, she’s traveled to 13 schools and handed out 13,370 leaflets.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Portland, OR. Now I live in Los Angeles, CA.
What got you interested in animal rights and veganism?
About nine years ago, a co-worker told me about a segment she’d seen on Oprah which discussed how animals in factory farms are treated. For some reason, it just sort of clicked for me. I was no longer cool with animals being treated horribly just for us to eat them. I joined my coworker on a 21-day vegan eating challenge, and it felt so good. I’ve been vegan ever since!
How did you get involved with Vegan Outreach and leafleting?
I went on a date with Vic Sjodin, VO’s Director of Outreach. On our second date, he took me leafleting! It was so romantic.
Do you have a favorite leafleting moment to share?
I don’t have one specific moment, but I really love it when I meet people who are already vegan. They’re always so excited and supportive of us being out there spreading the word!
What do you do for fun when you’re not leafleting?
I like to go out to eat. We’re so lucky in LA to have so many amazing vegan restaurants. When I’m not going out, I make up easy meals at home. I usually take photos and post them on Instagram or my blog.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add about leafleting?
It’s an easy way to get involved in activism, and it’s a fun and effective way to do something good for the world!
Can you tell us one of your favorite vegan products to share with our readers?
Right now I’m obsessed with Miyoko’s cultured cheeses. I think if anyone says they can’t go vegan because they can’t give up cheese, all they need is Miyoko’s.