Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is once again preparing for our annual school supply drive for the children of farm workers! This year, you can ship new school supplies directly to our office from now until Friday, July 19, 2019. 

The farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, profit over people, and greed over families. These workers strive to get by on very little income, and parents and grandparents often cannot afford to buy their children the school supplies they need.

While F.E.P. works in other ways to challenge this system, we want to do our best to give farm workers the support they deserve.

The school supplies will be given to the children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas area (some of whom live in the labor camps) since we are working with the Center for Farmworker Families as well as the Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena in Sonoma County and the United Farm Workers in Sonoma County and the Central Valley.

Any school supplies that remain after these distributions will be taken to the impoverished villages of Jalisco’s high mountains for farm family children. The school supplies, in turn, will provide farm families with a strong foundation and incentive to remain in Mexico for their children’s education

Visit our F.E.P. Supplies List and select an item to see how many we still need to ensure children of farm workers get a great start to their school year. For example, we still need 2,200 pencils! We are asking supporters to use this page as a guide or simply sign up to notify us with the amount of items you will be donating! Every time you make a contribution the number of items needed goes down!

  • Backpacks (always in great need; no red or bright blue, no military/camo, no corporate logos/promotions)
  • Spiral notebooks (College and Wide-Rule, 1-subject, 70 – 120 sheets)
  • Composition books (college & wide-rule, 100 sheets)
  • White lined 3-hole filler paper (college & wide-rule, 100-sheet packs)
  • Large erasers & pencil caps
  • 3-Ring binder (1 inch)
  • Highlighters (standard)
  • Glue sticks (small)
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • 2-Pocket folders
  • Pencil pouches
  • Rulers
  • Pencils or mechanical pencils
  • Standard ballpoint pens (blue, black)
  • Colored markers (regular tip, 10 pack)
  • Basic handheld calculators
  • Colored pencils (12 pack)

Ship directly to our office now through July 10th:

Food Empowerment Project
921 Transport Way, Suite 7
Petaluma, CA 94954

You can download and print our School Supply Drive Flyer (PDF) to post and share.

THANK YOU for your support of families who work so hard helping to put food on our tables.