Plant Based Lunches To-Go

More and more frequently, people are remembering the importance of increasing their daily consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits. The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) includes highly processed foods and is high in saturated fat, trans fats, processed sugars, artificial ingredients, and chemical additives. S.A.D. is also low in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients, which are all important to include in a healthy diet. Nutritionists agree that S.A.D. is the primary cause of many epidemic diseases, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, various cancers, etc. Sadly, S.A.D. reduces the body’s natural immunity to diseases and its ability to eliminate toxins from our systems.

Baba’s Yard, a Parma based nonprofit organization, is now partnering with Greater Cleveland Food Bank to offer Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) lunches in Parma, at no charge to recipients. Since July of 2021, Baba’s Yard has distributed free Tuesday lunches to-go from Baba’s Yard Garden Sanctuary, located at the corner of West 30th Street and Sackett Avenue, near the MetroHealth Main Campus.

Increasingly, many restaurants now offer plant based options on their menus. Baba’s Yard makes restaurant quality plant based cuisine accessible to those who do not have the disposable income to enjoy the plant-based options at restaurants. After trying the expertly prepared entrees from Baba’s Yard, people receiving the free lunches have expressed an increased appreciation of the possibilities of freshly prepared produce and plant based protein sources. Baba’s Yard prepares food that is entirely free from meat, eggs, and milk products.

Baba’s Yard clients are texted invitations in advance of the Tuesday lunches, and receive a personal reservation to pick up their food. For more information email and include your cell phone number and the number of people in your household.

Baba’s Yard promotes food as medicine and believes everyone has a right to eat well. 

There’s an English proverb: Don’t dig your grave with your fork and spoon. 

John Visnauskas

Baba's Yard Executive Director, founder of a number of charitable organizations, lives in his childhood Parma home.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 7:58 AM, 03.01.2023