“Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight”
Food Availability Study-Santa Clara County
In March 2009, Food Empowerment Project trained and sent out about a dozen volunteers around Santa Clara County, California, to survey access to healthy foods in both high-income and low-income neighborhoods. We also looked at areas based on education, ethnicity, and income level. Our criteria for healthy foods consisted of fresh, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as alternatives to “meat” and dairy.

Our report Shining a Light on the Valley of Hearts Delight: Taking a Look at Access to Healthy Foods in Santa Clara’s Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities was released on August 25, 2010.

Local Study Finds Disturbing Disparity in Availability of Healthful Foods

“Bringing Community Voices to the Table”

Focus groups – San José

As a follow-up to this study, Food Empowerment Project conducted focus groups in San José and worked with the community groups Somos Mayfair, Sacred Heart, and CommUniverCity before releasing a report on our findings in Bringing Community Voices to the Table.

GIS Maps for Santa Clara County

In collaboration with Santa Clara University (thanks to Marty Saunders and Professor Iris Stewart-Frey), GIS (geographic information system) maps were created that display which districts of the San José City Council, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly and Senate are most likely to be impacted by inequitable food distribution.

The maps have been organized according to ethnicity (Asian, Latino, Caucasian, and non-Caucasian [a combination of people of color]) and poverty rates (percent of low-income households per census tract).

Below you will find the non-Caucasian maps for each of the districts mentioned above.
San José City Council Districts map
California State Senate Districts map
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Districts map
California State Assembly Districts map

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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: 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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