1. Indiegogo Campaign: Help to Create and Sustain New Vegans 
 2. Volunteers Needed: Vallejo Food Access Survey Project – November 16 
 3. Food Donations Needed this Holiday Season 
 4. Bay Area Event a Huge Success 
 5. Special Thanks for Veggie Grill Event! 


1. Indiegogo Campaign: Help to Create and Sustain New Vegans 

Stand with Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) and become a co-producer of Food Chain, a monthly publication focused on supporting new vegans as they transition to a more compassionate life.

F.E.P.’s Food Chain publication, a vegan retention newsletter, is comprised of 12 monthly installments to provide support on a continuing basis. Food Chain provides new vegans with a monthly booster of information, ideas, and encouragement to keep them in the fold.

Our goal is to make Food Chain freely available to individuals who are considering veganism, or who’ve recently changed gears to a more healthful and compassionate way of life.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 by November 26, 2013. We are almost there! Check out the video here.


2. Volunteers needed for Vallejo food access survey project –November 16 

Food Empowerment Project, along with Vallejo People’s Garden, is conducting a training session for volunteers to help us survey Vallejo retail food establishments regarding healthy foods.

Saturday, November 16
11am – 1pm

Please help this vitally important work by participating in the training and surveying, which will provide data on access to healthy foods in Vallejo, CA. Light refreshments will be available at the training. RSVP ASAP to info@www.foodispower.org


3. Food Donations Needed this Holiday Season 

Food banks and the communities they serve need donations all year round, and the holiday season is no exception. We know that F.E.P. supporters understand that donating food is more than a symbolic gesture of goodwill, and many of you want to make sure your donation helps those most in need while, at the same time, staying within your values – our values. It takes thought, and we’ve created a handy guide to assist you with food donations this holiday season. 


4. Bay Area Event a Huge Success 

Food Empowerment Project’s first-ever public event was a huge success, with scores of people gathering in San Francisco on November 9 to learn about the exploitation of children in the chocolate industry; sample delicious, F.E.P.-recommended chocolate; and win great raffle prizes, including excellent swag from Compassion Co.Food Fight! Grocery,Hampton Creek FoodsHerbivore ClothingMillennium restaurant, and The Vegan Zombie.

Attendees watched two documentaries— The Dark Side of Chocolate andShady Chocolate — and saw undercover footage taken by F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas at several dairy farms. We also collected food for the Mary Ann Wright Foundation food bank, and enjoyed sweets and treats donated by Alter EcoBig Island Organics,Coracao ConfectionsDandelion Chocolate, Dave’s Midnight Bakery, Divine ChocolateEqual Exchange,Sjaak’s Chocolate, and SolidariTEA.

Thanks to all who attended, to all who helped out—and a special thanks to Erin Midkiff and Sharon Daraphonhdeth for helping make this event so successful.

See some pictures of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151989212566071.1073741829.60794821070&type=3


5. Special Thanks for Veggie Grill Event! 

We want to give a special thanks to Kat Connors and everyone who helped to make our Veggie Grill fundraising event. We raised $272 for Food Empowerment Project.

Every dollar is needed!

Please consider making a donation and/or supporting our Indiegogo campaign above if you can.

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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