Dear Friend,

donate-alertYour support is truly amazing. Really. We could not do the work we do without you!

With your help, Food Empowerment Project has worked tirelessly to build a more equitable, nonviolent, and sustainable food system, and organized structures of support for those most affected.

  • We ran a school supply drive for the children of farm workers.
  • We grew our chocolate list project, developing a free mobile app to make it easy at the grocery store to buy chocolate not produced using the worst forms of child labor and slavery.
  • We successfully encouraged Chicago Vegan Foods to remove palm oil from their products.
  • F.E.P.’s work on access to healthy foods in Santa Clara County was cited in the U.S. Human Rights Network’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee concerning the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
  • We began a project in the city of Vallejo, surveying 100 locations to assess the availability of healthy food.

We are beyond thrilled to have met our goal (thanks to many of you!) for funding the distribution of Food Chain, our vegan retention newsletter. It is packed with information, inspiring stories, recipes, and ways to get more involved in working for food justice. Look for this unique resource for new vegans in 2014!

We’ve also been spreading the word about food justice, veganism, workers’ rights, and environmental sustainability, speaking at events both nationally and internationally.

In 2013, I gave my first talk at TEDx.

We are profoundly grateful to have wonderful supporters like you, as well as amazing volunteers who have organized benefit events to fund this crucial work. It has been the engine of our all-volunteer effort.

You make F.E.P. possible through your support. With your help, we are making real change for humans, animals, and the environment.

To enable us to continue working on your behalf for food equity, I am asking you to help us by making a generous tax-deductible donation as we end the year. We aim to become a staffed organization: we have exciting plans for 2014, and we can’t wait to share our ongoing work with you!

Thank you in advance for donating to F.E.P. as 2013 comes to a close. We wish you the best for a New Year in which we stand together to work for a more equitable food future for the Earth and all its inhabitants.

In solidarity,

donate-alertlauren Ornelas

Founder/Executive Director

Food Empowerment Project

P.S. Donations to F.E.P. are tax-deductible!

P.P.S. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our work.

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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