1. Our brochure! 

We are so excited and proud to be sharing our first brochure with you. It is about all of the essentials that make Food Empowerment Project who we are! It covers most of the food justice issues we work on, including access to healthy foods, veganism, farm workers, chocolate slavery, what you can do and more.

Thanks to volunteers Mark Hawthorne for writing the content and Jake Conroy for his design work.

Check out the completed pamphlet.

Let us know if you would like a few for your outreach. (Note: Sorry to say, we don’t yet have funds to print thousands!)


2. Speaking engagements

Berkeley – April 22nd at 7 pmCome one, come all to the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day and see lauren Ornelas, F.E.P. founder and director, participate in a panel discussion after the screening of the award-winning documentary “Call of Life-Facing the Mass Extinction.” The event is being held at the UC Berkeley campus. Following the panel discussion there will be a catered vegan reception.

Vancouver – May 21st at 7 pm

Food Empowerment Project is going north and crossing the border! Liberation BC, an animal rights group in Vancouver, is having lauren Ornelas speak in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event will take place at the Vancouver Public Library and is free and open to the public. lauren will once again be helping others understand the power of their food choices and how to use those choices to create a more just world.

For more information, go to http://liberationbc.org/news_events/food-justice-lauren-ornelas


3. Updates on the website & F.E.P. benefit 
Every week we are working to update our page on chocolate companies – those we can recommend as well as those companies that don’t even respond and don’t want to be transparent to YOU!https://foodispower.org/chocolate-list/New sections on the website:
– Pollution
– Commercial Fishing
– Environmental Racism

Santa Clara County Activists for Animals is joining the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale and we are very appreciative that they have chosen the Food Empowerment Project and 13th Street Cat Rescue as beneficiaries.

When & Where: Saturday, April 30, at Baby Buzz Cafe 1314 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, from noon – 2pm.

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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