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Too often African-American communities lack access to healthy foods as well as facing other obstacles to proper nutrition and health care. In recognition that Black Lives Matter, and that African Americans experience disproportionately high rates of certain diseases such as Heart Disease, Diabetes 2, high blood pressure, and certain cancers, among others, and that these underlying conditions have also predisposed African Americans to experiencing more serious complications and death rates from Covid 19; and furthermore, that these conditions can often be prevented and even reversed through a whole- foods, plant-based diet, ARC is offering a plant- based nutrition and cooking scholarship that will be awarded to an individual of color in Lower Alabama to try to help address some of these inequities.

Scholarship includes full tuition for a six week online nutrition class offered through eCornel as well as an internet-based cooking and nutrition class offered through the Forks over Knives website. Both of these courses are of the highest quality and offer certifications upon completion. Total value of the scholarship is approximately $1650.

Upon completion of these two certificate-based courses, grantee will be qualified to lead private and community courses in plant-based nutrition and cooking. One condition of the scholarship is that the grantee will agree to provide at least four free community based, plant-based nutrition and cooking classes in the year following completion of the program, with the full financial support of ARC.

Read the full course descriptions here:

eCornel Plant-Based Nutrition Class:

Time commitment: 6 weeks, 5-7 hrs/wk

Forks over Knives "Ultimate" cooking class:

Time commitment:

55 hrs over 90 day period.

To apply:

This scholarship is open to black residents of lower Alabama. Please complete the application at this link: and return to y August 15, 2020.

Sylvia's Story

When an ARC member asked us to save a pregnant "beef" cow on the way to the stockyards, we weren't sure how to help. Thanks to Full Circle Farm Sanctuary who was able to take her, Sylvia will now live out her life, with her calf, and all the other rescued animals at the sanctuary, in peace and freedom, surrounded by gentle loving friends, as all beings deserve.

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"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

-Albert Einstein

 Awakening Respect and Compassion For All Sentient Beings (ARC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in the Deep South (Mobile, AL) whose mission is to raise awareness about the impact our daily choices have on other species and the environment, as well as our own health, to inspire compassion for all sentient beings, and to guide, lead, and inspire positive transformation to create a more sustainable, compassionate, just, and healthy world for us all. Join us!