1. GREAT Nonprofits Award 

With your support, Food Empowerment Project won a 2012 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Thank you so much for all of your help, and make sure to check out our profile at Great Nonprofits!


2. Runner Goes the Distance for F.E.P. 
nov2012mailer1While the power of one is something we often hear about, vegan athlete and Vegandurance blogger Yifan Luo, decided to make it a reality by raising money for Food Empowerment Project as she prepares for her first marathon.

Luo will run for food justice in the 30th annual California International Marathon on December 2nd in Sacramento, California and at the time of this writing has raised over a thousand dollars! Please consider further supporting Yifan by visiting her page and sending her well wishes for her efforts!

Yifan’s fundraiser: http://www.crowdrise.com/FoodisPower/fundraiser/yifanluo

3. Lantern’s New Book 

nov2012mailer2After the success of their book Sistah Vegan, our friends at Lantern Books are in the midst of creating a book by vegan women of Latin descent, and plan to donate the proceeds to F.E.P.! So if you’re a woman with a Mexican, Peruvian, Guatemalan, Argentinian, Puerto Rican, etc. background, you have the chance to be included and in doing so, support our work. 

The call for submissions can be found at:

4. F.E.P. Founder Speaks Up 

FEP founder and executive director lauren Ornelas will speak at two events in early December:

Whitman College Event
The first event is on December 3rd at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Her talk, titled “Food Justice: Making a Difference with What You Eat” will focus on abuses taking place in the food industry, from farmed animals to farm workers, slavery and corporate abuses. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more information, email: info(at)foodispower.org.

Hidden in Plain Bite event in San Francisco
F.E.P. founder and executive director lauren Ornelas will speak as part of “Hidden in Plain Bite: Overlooked Opportunities for Food System Reform” presented by the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition and Food Shift on the evening of Wednesday, December 5th. Along with other speakers and enticing silent auction baskets, attendees will also enjoy delicious organic food from Picnic Bakery, Green Earth Cafe, Gardein, Sjaak’s chocolate, and more.

Ornelas speaks first, so get there early!

For more details please visit:

Tickets are limited, so get yours today!

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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