1. School Supply Drive Update
2. Bearing Witness & World Day for Farmed Animals
3. Upcoming Events
4. T.O.F.U. Grant for F.E.P.
5. In Case You Missed It

1. School Supply Drive Update

Our school supplies donation drive
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is incredibly proud of the huge success of our school supply drive
for the children of farm workers! As a small, primarily volunteer, vegan food justice organization, we pulled off what some groups do with fully staffed
offices. Well done, all of us — that includes you!

Read F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas’ blog to get all the details on how
much was collected (332 backpacks was just the beginning!), the many people whose work and support went into making this happen (so many amazing partners and
donors!), and pictures of the children whose lives were made a bit better thanks to your generosity (children who would not otherwise have the supplies they
need to be successful during the school year).

As lauren says in her blog, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting my vision to give back to the farm workers and show them how much we
not only appreciate them, but how we also want to help their children to succeed. Everyone’s generosity was overwhelming in such a wonderful and lovely

Sonoma County Chicken Save2. Bearing Witness & World Day for Farmed Animals
Recently, volunteers with F.E.P. stood by the side of the road outside Petaluma Poultry from midnight to 3:00am to bear witness to the arrival of thousands of chickens bound for slaughter. We sent love and support to the chickens as they made their way in trucks to their horrific end. We could not change their fate, but we were witnesses to their anguish.

For inspiration and solidarity about how we can all show up for animals, read lauren’s blog on the importance of bearing witness to others’

As part of World Day for Farmed Animals, volunteers with F.E.P.’s Sonoma
County Chicken Save
will be at Petaluma Poultry to speak up for the 50,000 chickens killed there daily.

Friday, October 2nd — 9:00am to 7:00pm

Petaluma Poultry Processors — 2700 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954

Please come for all or part of it. For more details see Sonoma County Chicken Save’s Facebook Event page (You do not need to be on Facebook to view.)

Remember to mark your calendars for World Day for Farmed Animals on October 2nd.

3. Upcoming Events
Petaluma Progressive Festival

F.E.P. will be tabling at the Petaluma Progressive Festival on Sunday, September 27th!
We hope you will stop by.

San Francisco VegFest

The 16th World Veg Festival is taking place on October 3rd and 4th in San Francisco.

Join us at this exciting event organized by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society where we’ll have a table and lauren will be speaking (on Saturday from 5:15 to

We’d love to see you there!

4. T.O.F.U. Grant for F.E.P.T.O.F.U. Magazine
We are honored and grateful to be the recipients of a grant from T.O.F.U. Magazine!

Read the lovely write-up T.O.F.U. did about our
work! We so appreciate having our hard work recognized and getting a little help doing it on our shoestring budget!

Any donation big or small helps Food Empowerment Project do more. Please consider making a donation today!

Barefoot Vegan Magazine5. In Case You Missed It
Have a listen to this great interview with lauren Ornelas by The Bearded Vegans!
lauren talks about F.E.P.’s work and, in particular, why it is important to focus on both human and nonhuman animal issues in the food system. Be inspired by
lauren talking about how justice is for everyone!


Barefoot Vegan Magazine’s Sept/Oct issue features a Q&A with lauren (www.barefootvegan.com – you
can download the issue for free), in which she discusses F.E.P.’s work on lack of access to healthy foods, environmental racism, slavery in the chocolate industry, and more.

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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