Dear Friends of F.E.P.,

I am truly excited to share Food Empowerment Project’s newest endeavor, which has been in the making for several months. This has been an idea of mine for years, so I am thrilled that I can actually share a “sneak peek” with you on what we have created so far!

As you know, Food Empowerment Project’s aim is to tie in a variety of issues to empower people to make changes in their eating habits, which ultimately help make positive changes in the world. We know that many groups are doing great outreach to help people go vegan, but we have concerns about why more people aren’t staying vegan.

The goal of Food Chain, our newest endeavor, is to help people who have just gone veg or are interested in going veg to stay veg by providing them with a monthly newsletter to give them the information they need to stick with it!

Food Chain Cover

But we need your help to make this vision happen!

Please read why we started Food Chain and check out the first three issues!

We are in the process of creating twelve colorful newsletters which address a multitude of issues and provide information and suggestions about the following topics: animals in factory farms, animal rescue stories (with contributions from animal sanctuaries around the U.S.), environmental and human impacts of animal consumption, recipes, nutrition questions and answers, support questions, and suggestions for vegan foods and helpful websites. The newsletters will also occasionally address other ethical food issues, including the treatment of farm workers and those who work in the chocolate industry. It is important to note that all of the writing and photos for these issues have been done by volunteers.

Yes, we need your help!

Food Chain has already received two small grants for this project from A Well-Fed World’s Food for Thought and the other from an anonymous foundation that does not typically give money to farmed animal issues. We are basically an all volunteer non-profit organization and we need a total of $14,000 in order to get the issues designed and printed. We are using the talented crew at Raven & Crow Studio (who designed our logo), and continuing with the mission of our organization we are working with a union and environmentally friendly printer. A donation of $550 pays to get one issue designed—any donation, small or large, will keep us moving toward our goal of printing all twelve issues of Food Chain.

We encourage you to take a “sneak peek” at the first three issues of Food Chain and thank you for your support for all of our work. Help us help others to go and stay veg!

In solidarity,

lauren Ornelas
Founder/Executive Director
Food Empowerment Project
P.O. Box 7071
San José, CA 95150

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: 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)


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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