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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

October 17, 2017

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) thanks everyone for the international outpouring of love and support we have received while the fires rage through Sonoma County. Our hearts hurt from all of the devastation, and we send our condolences and warm thoughts to those impacted, including our office manager, Erika. We are on notice, as we could be forced to evacuate at any time, but we are safe for now. We truly appreciate everyone thinking of the F.E.P. family.
  1. They Were Lined Up Around the Block
  2. Join Our Shame on Safeway Campaign
  3. Appetite for Justice Benefit in Seattle
  4. The Power of Your Food Choices for a More Just Society
  5. Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Scary
  6. Thanks to Griffin Harwood
  7. Help Amplify Our Voice on Social Media

1. They Were Lined Up Around the Block

As an organization promoting veganism, Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables. We’re also committed to justice for everyone, so we acknowledge the injustices farm workers face, and we want to do our part to right some of those wrongs. Enter our annual School Supply Drive!
This year, we distributed 461 backpacks crammed full of school supplies to the children of farm workers in Northern California, including our newest friend, Alejandro. Alejandro is a seven-year-old who loves art and singing. He jumped into the back of our rental truck full of backpacks and brightened everyone’s day!

Alejandro feeling proud! Photo by In Her Image Photography

Have a look at the inspiring pictures from our school supply delivery and read all about the day (as well as all the people whose support went into making it a success).

2. Join Our Shame on Safeway Campaign

F.E.P.’s Shame on Safeway campaign is in full swing, and you can join our efforts to fight injustice by making access to healthy foods possible for all people!

Here are some actions you can take:

In late-October, we’ll have protests in several cities throughout the U.S.—check out our Facebook event page to find one in your area.

Please call Safeway and voice your opposition to their unjust practice of putting restrictive deeds on former properties, blocking other grocery stores from opening in their former locations. We’ve made it easy by supplying the phone number and suggested language.

Order our leaflets and share them with your community. Just email us at and let us know how many you want.

3. Appetite for Justice Benefit in Seattle

Saturday, November 4th, at 7pm
NW African American Museum
Seattle, WA
Please join us for a very special evening of dinner, drinks, and conversation. Enjoy incredible vegan Trinidadian food paired with local tasty beverages. Learn about food justice from F.E.P. Founder and Executive Director lauren Ornelas. Your ticket price also gives you access to tour the inspiring exhibits at the NW African American Museum and the ability to bid on a collection of truly unique auction items. Purchase the ticket that is right for you: Standard ticket $45; Super Supporter ticket $70; Discounted ticket $30.
You can purchase tickets here and join the Facebook event here.
Can't attend the benefit but want to support our work? Donate now!

Donate Now!

4. The Power of Your Food Choices for a More Just Society

Our supporters regularly tell us that listening to lauren speak sparked their passion for F.E.P.’s interconnected way of taking action about food justice.

Watch her powerful talk from the Farm Sanctuary conference in July 2017 and discover why everyone is so fired up when they hear lauren talk about the issues.

5. Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Scary

Halloween is coming up, making now the perfect time to consult our chocolate list to ensure the vegan chocolate you purchase or consume is not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, including slavery.

More than 10,000 people have downloaded our chocolate app. Join them!

6. Thanks to Griffin Harwood

Supporter, Griffin Harwood, is using his Ironman race in Cozumel on November 26th to raise funds for F.E.P. Thank you so much, Griffin! Good luck on your race!

7. Help Amplify Our Voice on Social Media

You can help us amplify our voice on social media! Today our posts on Facebook page reach very few of the 18,000 people who have "Liked" F.E.P. You can increase our impact by sharing F.E.P. posts to your own timeline so that all your Facebook friends can read and comment on our work.

Here are two ways to help:

 1) At the top of the F.E.P. page, hover on the "Following" button, and click "See First" under the ‘In Your News Feed and choose “On" under ‘Notifications’ so you won't miss out on any news

2) When you see a post that's meaningful to you, click "Share…" to post it to your own timeline, preferably with your own insight added to the "Say something about this…" section. Get a discussion going with your Facebook community about F.E.P.'s work and encourage your friends to "Like" our page too!

And don't forget, we're also on Twitter and Instagram!

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