Food Empowerment Project’s various initiatives have been included in conferences, podcasts, interviews and other news sources, throughout the last decade. Below are details and links for these news sources; feel free to share!

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  • Why More Moms Are Choosing Ethically-Sourced Food For Their Families
    Summary: The Food Empowerment Project describes just how unjust the food industry can be, for breaching the human rights of those producing it.

     Date: February 2020 | Source: moms Category: Article

  • “Big changes” coming at Food Empowerment Project
    Summary: The founder of non-profit Food Empowerment Project has announced a raft of changes for the group.

     Date: January 2020 | Source: VGN Category: Article

  • Despite wage disparities, local grocers can improve rural food access
    Summary: As a highly agricultural area with rural food deserts (defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as areas with few access points to food), Butte County continues to struggle to address access to affordable food for all communities.

     Date: January 2020 | Source: Oroville Mecury-Register Category: Article

  • As plant-based eating continues to take off, Mexican cuisine returns to its vegan roots
    Summary: As we know it in the U.S., Mexican food typically involves lots of meat and cheese—enchiladas stuffed with beef, chicken tinga tacos, nachos topped with sour cream and cheese. Delicious? Absolutely. But not necessarily the first type of cuisine many would think of when considering a plant-based diet.  But according to vegan food activist and Food Empowerment Project founder Lauren Ornelas, Mexican food was traditionally entirely plant-based.

    Date: November 2019 | Source: Well and Good Category: Article

  • Summary: For the first time in nine years, Syracuse Vegfest celebrated all things vegan with fresh produce, cooking demonstrations and activism. Featured speakers and food demos were held throughout the day near farm stands that offered fresh produce. One of those speakers was lauren Ornelas, the founder and executive director for Food Empowerment Project. Ornelas discussed food justice and the power of food choices. She highlighted the food justice work that her organization does and talked about how the issues are relevant to the Syracuse community.

    Date: October 2019 | Source: The Daily Orange | Category: Article

  • Summary: Going vegan doesn’t mean ditching your favorite comfort foods – and that goes for the Filipinx community, as well. Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) launched with more than a dozen recipes that celebrate the traditional food of the Southeast Asian islands now known as “The Philippines.” The site brings a rich cultural tradition to vegans, the vegan-curious, and Filipinx who don’t want to let go of their heritage while adopting an animal-free diet. The recipe collection was inspired by two Pinay members of F.E.P. in an effort to share the familiar flavors of their homeland while expanding our circle of compassion.

    Date: October 2019 | Source: Vegan Magazine | Category: Article

  • Summary: Beyond the sweet hit of gratification our bodies get when we consume chocolate, there are consequences to the world’s unrelenting obsession. In Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where 70 per cent of the world’s cocoa is produced, child labour, human trafficking and slavery are reported on farms that have become increasingly secretive about their manufacturing processes.

    Date: July 2019 | Source: The National | Category: Article

  • Food Empowerment Project 2019 School Supply Drive for Children of Farm Workers
    Summary: Food Empowerment Project is pleased to announce its 2019 School Supply Drive, benefiting the children of farm workers and assisting families trying to meet their basic needs. The drive runs from now until July 10. F.E.P. will distribute school supplies this summer to children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas, Sonoma County, and the Central Valley.
    Date: June 2019 | Source: Sonoma County Gazette | Category: Article

  • The Fight Against Climate Change Needs to Address Environmental Racism
    Summary: MTV article on why we need to consider environmental racism while we fight against climate change.
    Date: April 2019 | Source: MTV | Category: Article