Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is organizing a Bay Area school supply drive for the children of farm workers from Monday, July 11, through Monday, July 25.

The farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, profit over people, and greed over families. These workers strive to get by on very little income, and parents and grandparents often cannot afford to buy their children the school supplies they need.

While F.E.P. works in other ways to challenge this system, we want to do our best to give farm workers the support they deserve.

Below is a list of the school supplies that are needed:

  • Backpacks (in great demand)
  • Calculators
  • Crayons
  • Colored markers
  • Erasers
  • Lined notebook paper
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil boxes or plastic zip bags that fit into 3-hole notebooks
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Plain, blank, notebook paper with 3 holes to fit into notebooks
  • Plastic notebooks
  • Rulers
  • Spiral notebooks

If possible, please buy non-toxic supplies*.

Drop-off locations are located throughout the Bay Area.

Donations will be given to the children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas area (some of whom live in the labor camps), as we are working with the Center for Farmworker Families*, Graton Day Labor Center* for the farm worker family members who frequent the Center looking for job opportunities, Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena in Sonoma County, and farm workers in Kettleman City, who are adult-education students.

Any school supplies that remain after these distributions will be taken to the impoverished villages of Jalisco’s high mountains for farm family children. The school supplies, in turn, will provide farm families with a strong foundation and incentive to remain in Mexico for their children’s education.

In 2011, we donated clothes and some school supplies. In 2013, we organized our first school supply drive in the Bay Area, and in 2014, we organized a food supply drive in the Bay Area for the farm workers and their families as part of the farm worker appreciation day that we helped to coordinate in Salinas. In 2015, we collected over 300 backpacks and thousands of school supplies – you can read more here:

All the recipients were incredibly appreciative of the donations.

Thank YOU for your support of families who work so hard helping to put the food on our tables.

Photos above are of our wonderful recipients from 2013 and 2015.

*Please note, although Food Empowerment Project is referring to the work of another organization, we do not necessarily endorse the entire content of their website or mission.