A few years ago I took part in a personal experiment to see if I could live on a dollar a day. I didn’t do it to make a political statement, or to try to â€œlive in the shoesâ€ of people who endure hunger as they strive to break free from poverty. I did it simply to see if I could. Surely, someone with gainful employment, reliable transportation, and a network of friends and family could manage. Before I knew it, this silly personal experiment grew into a national story, spawned appearances on television shows, and later my first book On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America.
As a teacher who had been active in human, animal, and environmental justice movements, I decided that this newfound spotlight could be a powerful opportunity to add value to the national discussion on food justice, which my co-author and I then strove to do by working with local hunger relief organizations, and highlighting the work of individuals who wouldn’t rest until each of us had access to healthy, sustainable, and compassionate food choices. It is for this reason that I accepted a position on the board of Food Empowerment Project.
Of all the groups I have worked with on these issues, Food Empowerment Project is the only one that sees the whole picture and works tirelessly to help people make connections between worker’s rights, animal liberation, and sustainability concerns. While other groups strive ardently on each one of these fronts, in doing so they inevitably sacrifice the aims of another movement. Hunger relief organizations that fail to address sustainable agriculture concerns, environmental groups that fail to acknowledge animal suffering, and animal groups that ignore the plight of new immigrants who also endure abuse inside factory farms are but a few examples.
By partnering with individuals and communities in order to improve access to sustainably produced fresh fruits and vegetables, examining transparency issues around chocolate production and the modern slave trade, and promoting compassionate living by exposing the nightmares endured by animals killed needlessly for human consumption, the Food Empowerment Project is the only organization that makes the interconnectedness of these issues clear.
These are just a few of the reasons why I am proud to support the work of the Food Empowerment Project, and why without reservation I ask you to join me in helping F.E.P. continue this vital work. By giving as much as you can today, you’ll have made it clear where you stand. So please, take this opportunity to dig deep and make a difference for all people, all animals, and the earth itself.