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.