1. Focus Group Wrap Up 

As part of our work on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities, we have completed three focus groups in impacted areas of San José. Although the information is still being transcribed, we wanted to let you know a little more about how it went and thank all of the volunteers who assisted us. It was interesting to discover that in two of the focus groups, children of the participants were vegan for ethical reasons.

Read our blog to find out more:

2. Misc. F.E.P. Bits
Food Empowerment Project was honored to be named the Critical Animal Studies Grassroots Project of the Year by the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. To read more about the awards go to: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/.

Watch a short video done by Because We Must that gives a good summary of our work:

lauren Ornelas, Food Empowerment Project’s executive director, was featured in a recent episode of Our Hen House, with a radio interview that included important information about access issues and the problem of slavery in the chocolate industry. Have a listen to what lauren shared with the folks at Our Hen House:


3. Take Action 

Don’t forget to plan and/or participate in an event for the Meatout, the world’s largest grassroots dietary education campaign: http://www.meatout.org/

If you live in California, please submit an email to encourage Governor Brown to make sure he appoints someone to the Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban methyl iodide:

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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