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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

May 23, 2017

  1. Food Empowerment Project’s Ever-Increasing Impact
  2. Sharing our Work with the Broader Community
  3. The Scoop on Our 10th-Anniversary Celebration
  4. Upcoming Events

1. Food Empowerment Project’s Ever-Increasing Impact

We’re making inroads, folks!

Because you are a supporter of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), we know you’ll be thrilled to hear that our reach is spreading and word about our work is getting out into the world more than ever!

Solano County Public Health is using data from our Vallejo: City of Opportunity Lacks Access to Healthy Food report to encourage liquor and convenience stores in Vallejo to offer more healthy foods. We’re delighted our data is being used by county health officials to increase everyone’s access to healthier foods! Read more about the changes coming to Vallejo.

Also, our work on child labor in the cocoa industry was featured in Sierra: The National Magazine of the Sierra Club in an article raising awareness about child labor practices throughout the world.

And finally, VegNews magazine named F.E.P.’s Instagram account as one of its “7 Instagram Accounts by Vegan POC You Should Be Following.” As a non-profit founded by a woman of color and staffed entirely by women of color, we are delighted to have made it onto VegNews’ list.

2. Sharing Our Work with the Broader Community

Outreach is super important to us. It’s crucial that we get the word out about interconnected vegan food justice to as many people and groups as possible.

That’s why we’re so glad that F.E.P.’s founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas, was invited to share our work, particularly on veganism, at the UC Berkeley Science Talk at Cal Conference. lauren served on a food justice panel along with a writer from Grist magazine and a Berkeley professor. This was a great opportunity to reach a wide and diverse audience.

We’re also grateful to the organizers of the Seattle People’s Climate Justice Summit for inviting us to be part of their event. F.E.P. Washington Chapter member Fernando Cuenca gave a talk and was able to share our work and have important conversations about how to create a more just and sustainable world through the power of our food choices.

3. The Scoop on Our 10th-Anniversary Celebration!

What a great party we had! Celebrating our 10th anniversary with so many people who support our work was such a joy.

The event, which sold out weeks in advance, included speeches by several members of the F.E.P. team as well as powerful remarks from our incredible line-up of speakers who talked movingly about their work and how F.E.P. has influenced them. Thanks so much to Aph Ko, Bina Ahmad, Jasmine Leyva, and Callie & Nichole of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!

Attendees were treated to a sneak peek of Jasmine Leyva’s documentary, Invisible Vegans, featuring lauren, and as always, a kids’ section was part of the event to make sure our youngest supporters enjoyed themselves too.

We ate delicious vegan Mexican food and were entertained by the mad MC’ing skills of Washington Chapter co-organizer, Anika Lehde, and the music of the amazingly talented AshEL. It was a wonderful evening!

You can find pictures here – whether or not you are on Facebook – and learn more about our generous sponsors by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Weren’t able to come? It’s not too late to celebrate our 10th anniversary by donating “10” back ($10, $100, $1000, or $10,000). Donate today!
Donate Now!

4. Upcoming Events

Cleveland, here we come! lauren will be speaking June 3rd at the 2017 Cleveland VegFest. If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to come by and say hello at our table!

lauren will also speak at Farm Sanctuary’s annual Hoe Down Conference taking place August 12th and 13th.  This event is already sold out, but we hope to see some of you there!

Goodbye and Thank You, Hadley!

Our wonderful intern, Hadley Asher, has finished up her time with us. We are so grateful for all of her hard work and positive energy. We’ll miss you, Hadley!

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