First off, we would like to thank all who attended the training we had for the Access to Healthy Food Survey. Over a dozen volunteers showed up to participate in what will be Food Empowerment Project’s first survey to assess the availability of healthy foods in both high-income and low-income areas in Santa Clara County. This information will be used in collaboration with low income communities to determine how they might want to receive access to healthier food options with the goal to address the food inequity that exists in these underserved communities.

We have scheduled to hold a follow-up training on Sunday, March 8th from 2pm-3:30pm (please RSVP as we are confirming location).

Volunteers are still needed; if you are interested please contact us at

1. F.E.P. at Press Conference of Newly Formed Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture

“Healthy Food should be considered a right and not a privilege,” was the view voiced by Food Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas at California’s overhauled Senate Agriculture Committee on Food and Agriculture. With the mission to voice consumer’s concerns, the Committee seeks to create a legislative forum to discuss animal welfare and issues related to food.

To learn more about the Committee, visit

See the video of Food Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas testimony fifteen minutes into the video:

2. Participate in the Great American Meatout

As a food justice organization, the Food Empowerment Project advocates a vegan diet. Food systems affect not only workers and the environment, but also animals who are killed for food. We advocate a vegan diet as a way that people can actively and immediately make positive changes to improve the world.

Each year on or around March 20, thousands of people from all over the world host informational events advocating the switch to a veggie diet in order to kick the meat habit (at least for a day). The hope is that people will stick to this new, healthy diet for the sake of the animals, workers and the environment!

Ten billion land animals are killed for food in the US every year. Pregnant pigs are kept in crates so small they can’t turn around, chickens raised for meat grow so quickly that their legs are not able to support the weight of their bodies, turkeys and hens who lay eggs have the tips of their beaks cut off, while dairy cows are impregnated over and over again and their calves are taken away within 24 hours or immediately after birth.

For them we ask you to take part in trying to kick the meat habit, and for those who are vegetarian, why not try a vegan diet!

You can participate in the Great American Meatout by organizing your own event, or by attending one of the many events that are scheduled for the month of March:

3. Take Action Against Shark Finning

Here at the Food Empowerment Project, we see some of our task is doing what we can to speak out for the most vulnerable. Even though sharks have a reputation of being the top of the food chain in the seas, because of humans their survival is in jeopardy. Millions of sharks are captured, their fins removed, and their live bodies dumped back into the ocean to slowly die – just to make shark fin soup.

In 2000, Congress passed a law with the intention to ban the practice of shark fining, but despite this the cruelty still continues. Because of that, the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 has been introduced. We urge that you contact your US Representative today and ask that they cosponsor the bill and close the loopholes that allow this practice to continue.

Find facts regarding this practice at

You can send your email by visiting: (URL no longer active)

P.S. Friendly reminder about the Dark Side of Chocolate

We hope that people enjoyed Valentine’s Day and remembered to buy only fair trade or organic chocolate to avoid involvement in the chocolate slavery that occurs in West Africa. To read more on the subject visit:

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: 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)


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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