1. Mark your calendar for September 19! 

Food Empowerment Project has been nominated to receive a donation from Microist, a new fundraising site for fast-paced philanthropy.

On Monday, September 19th beginning at noon Eastern Time, Food Empowerment Project will be competing against another organization to receive the funds. Not only do the winning organizations receive the donation, but we would also be featured on the Microist.org homepage for 24 hours. Please head on over to Microist to vote for us on September 19th!


2. Ethical Chocolate & Appetite for Justice
lauren Ornelas has been busy updating everyone about her foray “down under” on the F.E.P. blog, Appetite for Justice and has also done a guest blog on The Ethics of Chocolate on the Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings website! Check them out for enjoyable and informative reads!http://appetiteforjustice.blogspot.com/


3. Letters for Sharks! 

If you live in California, the sharks need you NOW! AB 376 (to ban the possession and sale of shark fins in California) has passed the California legislature!

We now need letters to Governor Brown!

Just a quick two sentence letter can help – click here for more details.


4. Join us at Veggie Grill Santa Monica – Monday, October 10th 
Veggie Grill has chosen to host a fundraiser for Food Empowerment Project on Monday, October 10th at the Veggie Grill in Santa Monica. Those diners who come in with a flyer or mention Food Empowerment Project when ordering will have a duplicate receipt printed, kept separately by the cashier.At the end of the night, Veggie Grill will total the duplicate receipts and they will then donate 50% of the funds raised by the fundraiser guests! We’re also going to be having a raffle at the restaurant for those of you who can attend. We’ll raffle off 3 Veggie Grill gift cards and F.E.P. t-shirts too. Be sure to join us and please spread the word!

lauren Ornelas has had to turn down a number of speaking engagements at educational institutions or conferences that do not provide transportation costs for speakers. Food Empowerment Project is always working to increase its exposure and would like to participate in these events, so we’re doing our best to raise funds. And remember, any and all donations are more than appreciated!

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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