As the founder of Food Empowerment Project, I’ve written to you often about the challenges faced by communities of color, farm workers, children in the chocolate industry, and animals used for food. Today I’m writing you, our most loyal and generous supporters, to tell you about a challenge we’re facing here at F.E.P. Now in our fifth year, Food Empowerment Project needs financial support.

We are the only organization that connects all of the social justice issues surrounding food.

From working on issues that involve animals, the people who pick our produce, communities of color and low-income communities, to raising awareness regarding the issue of slavery in the chocolate industry, we strive to make a difference in our world through our website, literature, speaking engagements and tabling at events involving both adults and children.

What many of you may not know, however, is that Food Empowerment Project is run completely by volunteers who all have full-time jobs and/or have heavy school workloads. Their time is limited, but thanks to these volunteers and your support, we’ve enjoyed so many accomplishments recently, including:

  • Distribution of 4,000 F.E.P. brochures
  • Tabling and/or presenting talks at 13 venues, with more scheduled this year*
  • Completing contents for our flagship website, www.FoodIsPower.org
  • Relaunching our website www.VeganMexicanFood.com – including a Spanish translation
  • Completing 3 critical focus groups on access to healthy foods in low-income communities and communities of color
  • Launching a campaign that targets Clif Bar for not disclosing the source of their chocolate

Although we are proud of what we have achieved, we’ve reached the point where we are not able to grow or fulfill all of the goals that we share using only our volunteers.

We are turning to you because we cannot continue this important work without your generous support.

For what we still hope to accomplish, large donations are needed. But we also appreciate funds that you can raise through bake sales, garage sales, online auctions, and other activities.

Please consider making a donation today. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, F.E.P. relies entirely on individual, tax-deductible contributions from caring donors like you.

With heartfelt thanks,
lauren Ornelas

P.S. Because we are an all-volunteer nonprofit, every single dollar you donate goes directly to our work – and every contribution, no matter how small, helps!

P.P.S. If you believe in what we do, please share our work with family and friends! They can visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter: @foodispower.

*Please see us at the Animal Rights 2012 conference in August!

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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