The AVVA is committed to social change toward a vegetarian lifestyle which is free of animal products and animal testing in food, clothing, cosmetics, household products and other areas of consumption. The purpose of the AVVA is fourfold:
- To foster social contact for area vegetarians, provide mutual support for those choosing or desiring to lead a vegan lifestyle, and to be a forum for self-education and information exchange regarding subjects of interest to vegetarians;
- To support vegan and vegetarian eating establishments and to encourage non-vegetarian eating establishments to offer vegan and vegetarian menu items, and to support, advise and benefit other charities, organizations and businesses who work in, connect with or advance the vegan/vegetarian community;
- To be a vehicle for social activism on behalf of vegetarianism, including activism on behalf of animal rights, human health, world hunger, and the environment, and
- To offer public education and awareness regarding matters relating to vegetarianism, including but not limited to nutrition, cooking, lifestyle, and ethical and health matters.