1. Join us to deliver the Clif Bar petition
  2. Release of our San José focus groups report
  3. Chocolate list updates
  4. Veggie Grill fundraiser – November 22nd
  5. Thank you!


1. Join us to deliver the Clif Bar petition

On Wednesday, December 10th, Food Empowerment Project will honor International Human Rights Day by delivering our “Raise the Bar on Child Slavery” petition to Clif Bar’s headquarters in Emeryville, California.

Clif falls short of their “socially responsible” image by refusing to disclose the country of origin of their chocolate. For ethical consumers who know that 70% of the world’s chocolate comes from areas with the worst kinds of child slavery, this lack of transparency is unacceptable.

To date, more than 81,000 people have signed the petition demanding that Clif raise the bar on child slavery by disclosing the country of origin for their chocolate. We’ve designed a nifty image for you to use to encourage others to add their names to the petition.

Please share it widely so we can collect as many signatures as possible by December 5th.

With the petitions in hand, Clif Bar will face tens of thousands of signatures from consumers demanding transparency. We hope this will show them the importance of living up to the “socially responsible” label they brand themselves with.

If you will be in the Bay Area on December 10th, please consider joining us for delivering the petitions. Let us know if you can come!


2. Release of our San José focus groups report

We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest report, Bringing Community Voices to the Table, detailing the results of our San José focus groups on unequal access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities.

A follow-up to our 2010 report on food availability in Santa Clara County, Bringing Community Voices to the Table highlights the voices of people living daily with the reality of lack of access to healthy foods.

Focus group participants cited expensive food prices as the biggest barrier to access to healthy foods. They also described how a lack of supermarkets impacts their choices about where to shop and what they buy. Participants noted that they often ate healthier in their home countries, where they experienced greater access to fresh produce and fewer processed foods. It is clear from the report that the participants are painfully aware of the consequences of unequal access for their communities.

The focus group participants had many suggestions for how to improve food access. By listening to members of impacted communities about what would help alleviate the problems they face, we can take their lead and work together to move toward being a country where everyone has access to healthy foods.


3. Chocolate list updates

Make sure you are up to date on changes to our chocolate list, which are done monthly!

When you see this image on our social media sites, you will know that we have updated our chocolate list with the latest information on companies that make vegan chocolates, and if we recommend them or not.




4. Veggie Grill fundraiser – November 22nd

Calling all Northern California lovers of F.E.P. and Veggie Grill!

On Saturday, November 22nd, from 5:00-10:00pm, Veggie Grill Corte Madera will donate 50% of the proceeds from supporters’ purchases to F.E.P.

Make sure to mention that you are there for the F.E.P. fundraiser so that your purchases will count!


5. Thank you!

Thanks so much to F.E.P. supporter Deborah “Bee” Uytiepo, who asked friends and family to donate to F.E.P. in honor of her birthday! We so appreciate this act of kindness and generosity.

We also want to acknowledge the Feminist Drinking Club’s Intergalactic Feminism dance party in Seattle, which raised an incredible $2,415.81 for F.E.P. last month! A huge thank-you to those who danced and donated!

And many thanks to Tara Baxter and Heidi Margocsy of In Her Image Photography, who designed beautiful t-shirts in honor of our Sonoma County Chicken Save work and donated all of the proceeds to F.E.P. Tara and Heidi raised $360 to support our work.

It’s humbling and inspiring when like-minded folks take the initiative to do work on F.E.P.’s behalf. We really wouldn’t exist without you. Thanks!

shame on albertsons

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

* 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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