Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is organizing a Bay Area school supply drive for the children of farm workers from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 27.

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.

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*, and Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena in Sonoma County.

Any school supplies that remain after these distributions are 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.

Below is a list of the school supplies that are needed. Please donate NEW school supplies.

  • Backpacks (always in great need; no red or bright blue, no military/camo, no corporate logos/promotions)
  • Spiral notebooks (College and Wide-Rule, 1-subject, 70 – 120 sheets)
  • Composition Books (College and Wide-Rule)
  • Glue Sticks (small)
  • 2-pocket folders (students)
  • Highlighters (standard)
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Pencil Pouches (Zip Bags) that fit into 3-hole notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Standard Ballpoint Pens (blue, black)
  • Large Erasers and Pencil Caps
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Crayons (24-pack)
  • Colored Markers (regular tip, 8 or 10 pack)
  • 3-Ring Binders (1 or 2 inch)
  • White lined 3-hole filler paper (College and wide rule, 200-sheet packs)
  • Basic Handheld Calculators

If possible, please buy non-toxic supplies*.

Drop-off locations are located throughout the Bay Area.


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

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Photos above are of our wonderful recipients from 2017.

*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.