Season’s greetings from Food Empowerment Project! 

Whew! This has definitely been the biggest year yet for Food Empowerment Project, and our success is due in large part to wonderful supporters like you. With your help – and the assistance of many hard-working volunteers – we’ve been able to accomplish some wonderful things in 2010, including:

The launch of our new website
The launch of our blog – Appetite for Justice
The release of our first report on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities in Santa Clara County

In addition, both our Facebook page and Twitter account have grown dramatically, and we have used these networks to announce new website sections and blogs. Thanks to our volunteers Kat & Mark for keeping these going.

In case you have missed them, these are the newest website sections:

Grow your own food
Exporting factory farms
Wines
Lactose intolerance

A huge “thank you” to our volunteer Kiel for his work on our website!

We also have spread our message of food justice for animals, workers, and impacted communities to high school and university students, to attendees at conferences around the country, and directly to the communities themselves. As part of this outreach, Food Empowerment Project was able to bring vegan alternatives to those who had never tried them!

In the coming year, we want to increase our work in the community as well as take on a certain company that seems to enjoy having a less-than-transparent chocolate supply chain.

We want to do more! But we truly need your financial support. 

Even though we don’t have much overhead, we still need your help. Even a donation of $20 pays to host both of our websites—foodispower.org and veganmexicanfood.com—for a month! So a donation of $240 covers our web hosting costs for both websites for the entire year!

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for believing in the work we do, spreading the word and having the desire for justice to speak out about these issues and Food Empowerment Project.

In solidarity,
lauren

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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