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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

February 21, 2017
 
  1. Food Empowerment Project’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!
  2. Education & Outreach – Veganism & Access to Healthy Foods
  3. 50-Mile Farm Worker Regulation Update
  4. Know the Issues – Humane Myths
  5. Special Thanks

1. Food Empowerment Project’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

That’s right! Your favorite vegan food justice group is celebrating 10 amazing years! Founder and Executive Director lauren Ornelas started Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) wondering if anyone would come along with her on this journey toward a more just and sustainable food system for everyone. Ten years later, we’re a thriving organization with worldwide recognition for our work and a group of supporters we can’t do without.

Save the date to celebrate with us at our 10th anniversary benefit!


When: Saturday, April 29, 7:00pm
Where: San Francisco, CA

Be sure to follow our social media for future details.

   

2. Education & Outreach – Veganism & Access to Healthy Foods

Last year, we organized our first-ever Vallejo Healthy Food Fest (VHFF), and it was a huge success! Watch our video with footage from the day and you’ll see F.E.P.’s community-based work in action.  We’ll be hosting another VHFF in 2017, so put Sunday, July 16th, on your calendar.
Vallejo Healthy Food Fest 2016

If you haven’t already, please read and share our report on lack of access to healthy foods in Vallejo. Making sure communities of color and low-income communities have access to fresh, healthy foods is a huge part of our work to achieve food justice for everyone.

Listen to lauren’s interview on the iEat Green podcast, found on the Progressive Radio Network (interview starts at 14:30). From explanations about ethical chocolate and why eggs and dairy aren’t cruelty-free, to topics covering farm worker and living wage issues and lack of healthy food access in low-income communities, lauren covers many of the truly important issues that Food Empowerment Project works on every day. Her discussion on a non-vegan network about animal rights and food justice is a great primer to share with people who may not be familiar with the important issues central to creating a more just world. 

3. 50-Mile Farm Worker Regulation Update

Since our demonstration in December, we’ve had ongoing communication with the California Department of Housing and Community Development about changes to the 50-mile regulation that negatively impacts the education of the children of farm workers. 

We’ll keep you posted on how that communication resolves, and we’ll keep fighting this fight so that the farm workers who grow and pick the food we eat know we are standing by them and their families. In the meantime, if you’d like additional details or want to see the correspondence, please reach out to us on E-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

4. Know the Issues – Humane Myths

It’s common these days for people to pride themselves on purchasing “humane meat.” Unfortunately, the “humane” label on “meat” and eggs is just one of many deceptive terms industrial animal agriculture has coined to make consumers believe their dollars are not supporting cruelty. Our Humane Myths webpage decodes the misleading language used by the industry and helps consumers understand why adopting veganism is the only way to avoid contributing to animal suffering.

5. Special Thanks

Food Empowerment Project supporter Kat Connors organized a benefit for F.E.P. at Veggie Grill that raised $245! A big thank you goes out not only to Kat for organizing the benefit and supporting our work so strongly, but also out to everyone who came to support F.E.P.!

We’re also tremendously grateful to Sanctuary Bistro for their F.E.P. benefit a few weeks ago! Lovely food, great company, and $285 for F.E.P.: perfect!

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