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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

June 20, 2016

Updates to Our Work on Access to Healthy Foods

After several years of research examining access to healthy foods in Vallejo, California, we are thrilled to announce the release of our report documenting our findings: Vallejo: City of Opportunity Lacks Access to Healthy Food

These findings highlight that throughout the City of Vallejo, which has a higher-than-average population of people of color, there are issues of lack of access to safe and healthy foods. This problem is most severe in low-income neighborhoods.

As a vegan food justice organization, we understand that asking people to go vegan is only appropriate when they have equal access to healthy foods.

Some highlights of our findings include:
  • Eighty-eight percent of all liquor stores and 71% of all convenience stores in Vallejo are in low-income neighborhoods.
  • There is a liquor store for every 2,769 residents in a low-income area, compared to 51,041 residents in a high-income neighborhood.
  • In low-income neighborhoods, 75.5% of all stores are liquor stores, corner stores, or convenience stores.
  • High-income areas (22.7% of the stores) had fewer than 10 types of produce available in any version, compared to 50% of those in low-income areas.
  • Only 16 stores in Vallejo have any “meat” alternatives or dairy substitutes.
  • "Meat" alternatives are available in 32% of the stores in high-income areas, versus only 15% in low-income areas.

If you live near Vallejo, please join us on Sunday, June 26, for our Vallejo Healthy Food Fest to celebrate the release of the report and join community members and policy makers to learn more about food justice. We'll have delicious vegan food and music from AshEL, Azuah, Vallejo's Esmerelda (from Voice Mexico), and many more talented musicians.

This event is free for Vallejo residents and there is a $5 charge for those living outside the area. 


Ensuring that access to healthy foods is a right and not a privilege is a crucial part of our mission. This work is made possible through your generous donations.

As you know, many of those living in impacted communities lack the financial resources to make ends meet.

This is one area (of many!) where your generous contribution to our work on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities will prove invaluable. 

We would like to offer free parking for the first 100 attendees at the Vallejo event, but we desperately need your help! For many of the families attending, this small gesture will greatly assist them financially and provide a measure of equity that will allow those most affected to participate. The event is, after all, for them! 

At $3 for parking, we need to raise just $300. Can you pitch in? Your donation will go to support the Vallejo event and all of our work for food justice, for human and non-human animals alike. Help to empower those with the fewest resources!

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