1. F.E.P. strikes new collaboration with Stanford University 

We are pleased to announce that Stanford University’s Food Summit has agreed to collaborate with Food Empowerment Project on the next phase of our work on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities in Santa Clara County. As many of you know, our first phase was our report, Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight, and since then we have been looking for research assistance to begin our phase of surveying the impacted communities on their wants and needs. We are thrilled about this collaboration and hope to begin our work in the next few months.

We also wanted to share with you our collaboration with Santa Clara University on doing the GIS work using the data from our report.


We have been sharing this with policy makers in the area to show them what a serious issue this is.

2. Updates & Reminders 

New Sections: 

We are constantly working to keep the website growing:

GMO/Nano Foods: https://foodispower.org/gmo

Obesity: https://foodispower.org/

Our chocolate list is updated: https://foodispower.org/chocolatelist.

Speaking Engagement and Conferences: 

Vancouver – May 21st at 7 pm 

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.


Visit our table at AR2011 – check out our new t-shirts and brochure.

For more information, go to: http://www.ar2011.org/.

3. Californians Speak up for Sharks! 
If you live in California you have an excellent opportunity to help sharks. Food Empowerment Project is excited to join with others (see fact sheet) to support AB 376 (co-authored by Assemblymembers Fong and Huffman), which would ban the sale and possession of shark fins in California.For more information and on how to find your Assemblymember, please check out our new “take action” page:

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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