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.


All Donations Matched Up to 50K

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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