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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

December 6, 2016

Dear Friend,
Since you are on Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) e-newsletter mailing list, you already know how unique and amazing F.E.P. is. I won’t take up your time fully articulating all the many wonderful aspects of F.E.P. that you already know. 


I want to give you
something a little different to think about.


As I contemplate why I am a long-term, major donor to F.E.P., I keep returning to this: F.E.P. makes me a better person, and that’s not something I can say about every group I support. Those groups do important work, and I am so glad they do, but many of them don’t enrich my understanding of the world in the intense way F.E.P. does.

Let me give you an example. I’ve been vegan for 26 years. By the time I was introduced to F.E.P., I knew quite a lot about animal rights and social justice more broadly. But, I’ll admit there were things I didn’t know. As a privileged person, I didn’t realize how hard it is for people living in communities of color and low-income communities to access healthy foods. I’m ashamed to admit it now, but there it is. F.E.P. taught me that. F.E.P. made me a better person because I no longer say things like “Going vegan is so easy!” I know now that it isn’t easy for large swaths of the population who can’t access fresh fruits and vegetables.
I’m sure you have moments like these with F.E.P. too. Moments when you think to yourself “I could be better! I’m so glad I know that now!
F.E.P. enlightens and informs me as a supporter. That’s a two-way street I don’t always get when I give money to non-profits.

I love F.E.P. so much that I’ll give you
a few more reasons I donate in the hopes you’ll donate too:

  • I donate to F.E.P. because it’s the only food justice group connecting the dots between all the social justice issues I care about: speciesism, racism, sexism, homo-aggression and transphobia, and all the other “-isms” I want to see eradicated.
  • I donate to F.E.P. because it’s a small and scrappy group that does an incredible amount on a tight budget. lauren’s schedule of talks is intense, and every time she gives a talk she changes hearts and minds. Every single time. Funding her travel and speaking engagements is money well spent. As a donor, I know every dollar I send makes a tremendous difference and that my money is going to things that really matter.
  • I donate to F.E.P. because they know how to run a successful campaign aimed at tangible, achievable, and important goals (think about Clif Bar and Safeway).
  • I donate to F.E.P. because they provide tools like the Chocolate App to empower people like me, who really want to do the right thing, to use our food choices to change the world in a positive way.
  • I donate to F.E.P. because it feels fantastic knowing I’m supporting a group that’s looking out for every single human and animal – no exceptions.
For all these reasons, I am a committed donor. For all these reasons and more,

I hope you’ll join me by donating today.

F.E.P. can only do the vital work of making the world a more just and compassionate place for everyone if we pitch in. Will you donate to Food Empowerment Project for the betterment of the world — and yourself?


Best wishes,
Karen S. Emmerman, PhD

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