1. Food Chain Update
2. Huge Thank You for the Chocolate Vegan Pop-Up Spa Fundraiser
3. Youth Hip Hop Green Dinner – April 21 in Seattle
4. In case you missed it!
1. Food Chain Update

Since F.E.P.’s vegan retention newsletter went live last month, more than 40 people have signed up from both within and outside the United States! We are delighted that this unique resource for aspiring and new vegans is getting out to people.

If you are thinking about transitioning to veganism, or you are a new vegan looking for support, don’t forget to sign up — and spread the word to friends who may be interested! https://foodispower.org/food-chain/

2. Huge Thank You for the Chocolate Vegan Pop-Up Spa Fundraiser

On March 29, VegNews and Healing is Giving hosted a beautiful (and fun!) chocolate vegan pop-up spa to benefit F.E.P.

Guests delighted in spa services provided by local, vegan business owners Bee Uytiepo, Tina Brennan, Sarah Brauer, and Xuan Dang. The spa packages included chocolate donated by vegan chefs/caterers Alicia Smiley and Philip Gelb as well as Obsessive Confection Disorder.

Guests also enjoyed delicious, vegan, and ethical chocolate donated by Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Manos Chocolate, Santosha Chocolate, Sjaaks, and Taza Chocolates.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped make this event a success and to those who attended.

We want to extend a particular thank you to Bee Uytiepo of Healing is Giving and VIBE Resource Group for sponsoring the event and to Colleen Holland, co-founder of VegNews magazine, for hosting it.

Check out the photos on Facebook (you do not have to be on Facebook to view).

3. Youth Hip Hop Green Dinner – April 21 in Seattle

On April 21, F.E.P.
founder lauren Ornelas will be speaking at the Seattle Youth Hip Hop Green Dinner hosted by Keith Tucker, director of the forthcoming documentary
Pursuit of a Green Planet: Hip Hop Meets the Green Movement.

You can register yourself and your
family
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4. In case you missed it!

Check out F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas’s interview at The Thinking Vegan. lauren discusses chocolate slavery, food deserts, environmental racism, and more!

F.E.P.’s ethical chocolate list has been getting more and more attention! Recently, Vegan Bake Sale pointed their readers to the list to help their vegan bakers support companies that produce chocolate without ties to child labor.

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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