Thanks to all of you who support our work.

I could not think of a better way to start this email – other than to let you know how excited I am with our growth and the outpouring of support we get for the work we do. And much of that is thanks to you!

From liking us on Facebook to reading our blog to spreading the word about our chocolate list and distributing our brochures, YOU are the reason that the mission of Food Empowerment Project has gone from an idea to a belief system that has others thinking.

This year saw these new items:

Benefits 

Groups such as NYC’s Vegan Drinks, Vegan Bake, Microist, Veggie Grill Santa Monica, and Food Fight! all organized fundraisers for us, resulting in close to $2,000. Thanks to you all!

Food inequality 

Our work on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities continued with outreach to policymakers at the city, county and state levels. And with support from the Food Summit at Stanford University, we now have a researcher to help us with our work on access to healthy foods in impacted communities in Santa Clara County.

Recognition 

Food Empowerment Project was named one of GuideStar and Charity Navigator’s 2011’s Top Rated Social Justice Non-profits.

VegNews highlighted us as one of the “10 Nonprofits You Need to Know.”

Conferences, Events & Outreach 

We spoke at Vegan Berkeley; Vancouver, Canada; Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand; VegFest San Francisco; and local universities: Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Chico State.

Our blog Appetite for Justice covered a variety of issues, including a three-part series on a farm workers reality tour, racism in the animal movement, kids not knowing the difference between a potato and a tomato, my trip Down Under, vegan cookbooks, and healthy food inequality in the schools.

We donated more than 50 shirts, six pairs of vegan shoes, coats, silverware and dishes to farm workers and their families.

F.E.P. played a key role in generating grassroots support for AB 376, the California law that will ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins beginning in 2013.

This year also saw the loss of one of our biggest supporters, Marti Kheel, the co-founder ofFeminists for Animal Rights. She supported our work in every way imaginable. If you don’t know about Marti, we encourage you to check out her website and learn more about this amazing individual.

We are thankful to be joined by other volunteers to do this important work, but we also need your financial support. 

In 2012 we plan to do the following:

  • Work on increasing awareness of companies not being transparent about their chocolate supply chain.
  • Coordinate three focus groups in impacted communities in San Jose to discuss access to healthy foods.
  • Continue discussions with various organizations and seek solutions regarding policies that currently do not protect farm workers or their families.

We look forward to your continued support in 2012 and wish you a Happy New Year!

With respect and solidarity,

lauren Ornelas
Founder/Executive Director

P.S. We truly are the only organization of our kind, and we need YOU to continue to help us.

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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