1. VegNews Magazine and Benefit Updates 

Food Empowerment Project was honored in VegNews’ recent “Best of 2011” edition. We are one of the organizations highlighted in their “10 Nonprofits You Need to Know.”

With our unique take on food justice issues incorporating animal and human rights, we are so thankful that many people are understanding the importance of our work. We truly appreciate that the staff at VegNews has recognized us for what we do.

We also wanted to thank everyone who supported the benefits organized in October. A HUGE thank you to our friends at Food Fight! for the show, benefit day and donation jar in the store that raised more than $500 for our work, and to Veggie Grill in Santa Monica, where more than $150 was raised.

Donations are critical for us to continue our work!

2. Update on our Access to Healthy Foods: Phase III

In 2009, more than a dozen volunteers with Food Empowerment Project surveyed more than 200 locations in Santa Clara County to assess the availability of healthy foods (fresh fruits and veggies, vegan options, etc.), which culminated in our report Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight: Taking a Look at Access to Healthy Foods in Santa Clara County’s Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities (PDF).

To read more, visit our Santa Clara Food availability study page.

Thanks to the Food Summit at Stanford University, we are now ready to move on to the third phase of our campaign: reaching out to the communities to find out what it is that they need and want in order to improve their access to healthy foods. Too many times the voices of the community members are not heard because they are never asked.

Please read more about our next effort in our third phase document.

3. Website Updates: Volunteer Ideas + More 


– Interested in helping out F.E.P.? Check out our volunteer ideas!

– Want to do some reading over the holiday break? Catch up on our blogs:
Learn about the Dr. Doolittle of Australia
Read our recent cookbook post – “From Hippies to Hipsters: Vegan Cookbooks”
And our most recent blog, “Hashbrown on a Stick,” on the inequity in school lunch programs:

– Love broccoli soup but not sure how to make it? Try our new easy recipe for cream of broccoli soup !

– Share those turkeys this Thanksgiving – no, not for eating – but for learning about them!

A huge thank you goes out to all of our supporters AND our volunteers. F.E.P. is an all-volunteer group, so you are the key to helping us have the most impact!

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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