1. Our Vision

Thank you for joining our alert list and sharing the vision of the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.)! Our vision is one that incorporates the belief that one of the most important ways we can make a difference in the world is through our food choices.

Every dollar we spend on food is essentially a vote for how we believe animals, workers, and the environment should be treated. We can all strive to ensure our food choices reflect who and what we stand for. We all need to do our best to use our dollars wisely to vote for justice and compassion.

F.E.P. is managed entirely by volunteers, and at this time we are working to establish the organization as a non-profit in the U.S. and also working on our first project. We have many plans and dreams of what we hope to accomplish, and we ask for your patience — and at times your input — as we get it off the ground.

We also ask you to continue spreading the word about F.E.P. and our preliminary website. Please see below for links to our alert signup pages, available in English and Spanish.

2. Two Upcoming Conferences

The Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is looking forward to be presenting at two of this year’s summer conferences. Founder/Director of F.E.P., lauren Ornelas is set to be a speaker at these two incredible events.

For more information on how you can attend these two conferences, check out:

Animal Rights 2007, July 19 – 22 in Los Angeles, CA.

Taking Action for Animals, July 28-30 in Washington, DC.
Although we won’t have a table, we hope that you will stop by our talks!

3. The Power of Words and Attraction

F.E.P. is excited to offer everyone, for free, our new magnet which will remind you every time you open the fridge that your food choices can change the world… and they can! We will have them available at both of the conferences (at our talks) and at AR2007 at the Animal Place table. If you can’t attend, just send us your mailing address and we will get one to you! To be sure we aren’t supporting unfair labor practices or overseas shipping, these magnets have been made in the U.S.

4. Just Another Reason to Boycott Coke!

As part of F.E.P.’s mission, we want to keep you informed on ways that you can avoid contributing to unjust food practices and businesses. Coca-Cola has created a severe water shortage in India and has contributed to the polluting of their water and land. In Columbia, the company’s bottler has been complicit in the murder and torture of union organizers. In the U.S. they have paid $192 million to resolve a federal lawsuit brought by African-American staff who claimed systematic racial discrimination.

In an effort to speak out against Coca-Cola’s negative impact on communities and treatment of workers we are asking you to make a just choice and not support Coca-Cola products (including but not limited to, Coke, Sprite, and Minute Maid). For more information, please check out:



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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