1. F.E.P. Outreach in Bay View Hunters Point

lauren Ornelas addressing the class at Thurgood Marshall High School

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) was asked to do a presentation on food justice issues at Thurgood Marshall High School in the Bay View Hunters Point area of San Francisco. For those of you who are not familiar with this part of San Francisco, it is a community where the residents are hospitalized more often than the residents of other SF neighborhoods for nearly every disease, with one of the attributing factors being a lack of access to fresh food.

F.E.P.’s director covered issues from veganism to access to healthy food being a right and not a privilege.

Students from Thurgood Marshall High School

Students asked questions about veganism, factory farming, and over half the students raised their hands when asked if they had family members who had diabetes.

At the end of the talk, the students were offered vegan burgers,organic condiments and dressing, chips and cookies! Students asked what veggie burgers were and remarked on how they had never eaten anything like them before. The student who continued to remark how different the veggie burgers were ate three of them! They were a hit!!

To see more photos go to our Facebook page:

From the teacher who extended the invitation:

I wanted to extend a tremendous thank you for taking the time to feed young hungry stomachs and minds this morning. Your presentation started many important conversations about food access and ways to promote a more healthy lifestyle on campus. You’ll be glad to know I did not go home tonight to eat a steak and I don’t think it was possible for my students to leave this afternoon with the same outlook on the food they choose or the world they live in.

We look forward to our continued work with the students and teachers at this extraordinary school and hope to extend our message to others.

2. Vegan Bake in San Francisco raises over $2,000 for F.E.P.

Everyone at Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) wants to thank all of the creative vegan bakers who donated their time and talents to raise money for both F.E.P. and Save a Bunny. Both groups received over $2,000 in donations. A BIG thank you as well to those compassionate and hungry people who headed over to support our organization. The generosity was overwhelming as were the delicious treats.

This was the first benefit done for F.E.P. and raised some desperately needed funds for our work.

To see what we are currently working on go to: www.foodispower.org/fep-alert-12-1-09.

To read more about the bake sale and to see photos and some of the chefs involved – you can go to our Facebook page at:

And while we are speaking of sweets, we just wanted to remind everyone this Valentine’s Day that your purchasing power can indeed ensure that your money stays away from supporting oppression and exploitation when you only buy chocolate that is vegan and fair-trade or organic.

To read our previous post on this issue, go to:

3. Helping Haiti – Humans and non-humans alike

We know that everyone has been overwhelmed by the situation in Haiti, and perhaps you have been thinking about how you can help. We have been heartened to see the incredible number of vegan bake sales across the country to raise funds.

If you are planning to make a donation, the following are a few organizations that are providing relief to both the human and non-human animals affected by the earthquake in Haiti:

To help the people of Haiti, we suggest either:

MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba): www.medicc.org
Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org

To help the non-human animals of Haiti, we have a close relationship with Animal Balance (in the Dominican Republic) and feel confident that your donations will go a long way to helping the animals: http://www.animalbalance.net/.

Alternatively, you can choose to buy some fair trade coffee from Haiti: www.justhaiti.org.

shame on albertsons


Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: info@foodispower.org and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)foodispower.org.


Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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