food drive

All of us want to do our part — especially during the holiday season — to help others who are having a hard time putting food on the table. But many times, we aren’t as informed as we should be about how to do this.
Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice nonprofit, has created this document to help emphasize the true value of donating food. While giving to a food bank is sure to make you feel good, that’s nothing compared with how families in need will benefit from your generosity.

  1. Check with the local food bank to find out generally who uses the food banks. In San José, we found that many participants in our focus groups did not rely on food stamps (SNAP), but they did rely on the local food bank for assistance.
  2. Find out if the food bank has refrigeration; while fresh is best, most places cannot store perishable food items. It is likely that most distribution centers will be located in churches or school cafeterias that may not have access to a refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Find out if they take glass jars in addition to cans. Glass can break, so most food banks prefer not to receive items that come in glass jars; therefore, be sure to check first.
  4. While all donations are greatly appreciated, if you are contributing to a neighborhood that is predominately Latino or African American, please consider donating vegan food items (if you can afford organic, that would be ideal) that are culturally appropriate or the most useful, such as:
    Soymilk, almond milk, rice milk (non-refrigerated)*
    Dried beans
    Dried rice
    Dried chilies
    Pre-made tortillas
    Low-sugar cereal
    Whole grain pasta, if available
    Low-sodium cans of corn, green beans, beans (pinto, red, navy)
    Peanut butter*
    Tomato sauce
    Black eyed peas
    Cooked greens (in the can)
    Yams (canned)
    Sweet potatoes (canned)
    Vegetable broth/vegetable cubes
    Corn meal
    Whole wheat flour

*Food Empowerment Project encourages people to not buy products that contain palm oil due to
human and non-human animal devastation that is taking place.

Thanks to Erlinda Yanez for her expertise in helping us create this document.

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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