1. First-ever F.E.P. Office Party!
2. Mark Your Calendar! World Day for Farmed Animals and Sonoma County Chicken Save
3. School Supply Drive Update
4. Upcoming Events
5. International Chocolate Day
6. Vote for F.E.P. in the VegNew’s Veggie Awards!

1. First-ever F.E.P. Office Party!

Thanks to the generosity of donors and affordable cooperative office space in the SOCO Nexus innovation community, Food Empowerment Project is ready to take our work to the next level in our new office!

Come see our furnished two-person office space, shared conference rooms, and the inviting, light-filled lobby where our first-ever office party will take place.

Saturday, September 12th, 1-4pm

1300 Valley House Drive, Suite 100-20
Rohnert Park 94928


  • Light refreshments and beverages
  • Door prizes
  • Good friends

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Amy’s Drive Thru – vegetarian/vegan, organic, non-GMO!

Sonoma County Chicken Save2. Mark Your Calendar! World Day for Farmed Animals and Sonoma County Chicken Save

October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals.

Sonoma County Chicken Save will be at Petaluma Poultry from 9am to 7pm to speak up for the 50,000 chickens killed there daily.

Read more about the conditions chickens endure in the food system and then join us to help raise awareness about their suffering.

3. School Supply Drive Update

Donate school supplies to farm families in need
We are delighted and so very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support for our school supply drive!

Thanks to all of the organizations and individuals who worked together, children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas and Sonoma County areas will have the supplies they need to start the school year off successfully.

You heard our call to action on behalf of the families of farm workers and gave from your hearts. Thank you!

More thank yous and a delivery update to come soon!

4. Upcoming Events

Sonoma VegFest

Please join us at the Sonoma County VegFest on Saturday, August 15th.

We will have a table, and author and F.E.P. volunteer Mark Hawthorne will be speaking at 1pm and signing books at our table.

Outreach Action at Rohnert Park, CA, Costco

Friday, August 28th, F.E.P. will be holding a lunch time (noon-1pm) outreach action at the Costco in Rohnert Park, CA, to show support for the Driscoll’s Boycott International Week of Action demanding farm workers’ right to organize.

Help us convince Costco to stop carrying Driscoll’s berries while the workers continue their fight for justice!

Farm to Forks SF

lauren will be speaking at the San Francisco Farm to Forks event on August 29th. Come check it out!

Soil Not Oil International Conference

Another great Bay Area event is the Soil Not Oil Conference on September 4th and 5th.

F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas will be speaking and we’ll be tabling too. Please stop by and say hello!

F.E.P. Chocolate App5. International Chocolate Day

September 13th is International Chocolate Day. Let’s help people celebrate by encouraging them to not buy chocolate from areas where the worst forms of child labor, including slavery, are the most prevalent.

It’s easy to know what chocolate we recommend with our handy chocolate list app!

Help us grow awareness about the increasingly prevalent worst forms of child labor in the chocolate industry. Please donate to help us spread the word!

Veggie Awards!6. Vote for F.E.P. in VegNews’ annual Veggies Awards survey!

We are honored to be nominated for the 2015 VegNews Veggie Award for Favorite Nonprofit Vegan Organization! We would greatly appreciate it if you can take a moment to vote for us. Every vote is entered into VegNew’s amazing giveaway so be sure to tell your friends so everyone gets a chance to win!

Vote now!


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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