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!

 Additional videos available in our YouTube channel.

  • Hold the Pico! – Something About Food? Podcast
    Summary: lauren Ornelas is very concerned about food: where it comes from, who is working to bring it to us, and what we can do to end animal cruelty. 
     Date: November 2019 | Source: Something About Food? Category: Podcast

  • 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 veganfilipinofood.com 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
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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