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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

October 11, 2016

  1. Shame on Safeway!
  2. November Food Drive for LGBTQ Community
  3. Huffington Post Media Coverage and More!
  4. Portland VegFest
  5. Save the Date - Make Your Voice Heard 

1. Shame on Safeway!

Help us bring Safeway's disgrace to light!  

Sign and share our petition demanding that Safeway eliminate restrictive deeds preventing new grocery stores from replacing them on their former properties. 

Our research and final report on lack of access to healthy foods in Vallejo, CA, revealed that Safeway (the large supermarket chain) has been making it even harder for people in communities of color and low-income communities to access healthy foods. How? Safeway places restrictive deeds on their former properties making it impossible for a new grocery store to move in.

Our research also revealed that Vallejo is not the only community impacted by Safeway's greed. This needs to be stopped!

Learn more about the Shame on Safeway campaign in Food Empowerment Project founder and Executive Director lauren Ornelas' latest blog.

Please sign and share our petition widely and email us at if you want more information.

Lack of access to healthy foods is a heart-breaking and complex social justice issue requiring various tactics to overcome. It can be difficult to know where to begin. Signing our petition and supporting this campaign is a great way to help! 

Support this campaign and all of our work for justice in the food system. Donate today!

Donate Today!

2. November Food Drive for LGBTQ Community

Solano Serenity Center in Vallejo is starting a food bank to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community who are turned away from other food banks don't go hungry.

F.E.P. fully supports their efforts and will run a vegan food drive November 1–15 to help them get started.

Drop off donations at: 1300 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA

3. Huffington Post Media Coverage and More

Eating your ethics is one more chance to make a difference!

That's what lauren said when interviewed for The Huffington Post's recent piece "Is There Any Food That's Totally Ethical To Eat? Here's What Experts Buy". It's fantastic to see our expertise on ethical eating being called out by a media giant like The HuffPo!

Learn more about lauren's work with F.E.P. and her successful corporate campaigns in this Female First interview!

4. Portland VegFest

Come by our table to say hello and pick up some vegan chocolate that's not sourced from areas where the worst forms of child labor, including slavery, take place!
Saturday & Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd 
10:00am - 6:00pm
Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall A
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

4. Save the Date - Make Your Voice Heard

Speak out for the Chickens!

Join us for our monthly peaceful demonstration aimed at reminding people that chickens are being slaughtered inside the walls they are passing by. We also provide whistleblower cards to distribute to workers.

Thursday, November 10th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Petaluma Poultry Processors
2700 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954

This Human Rights Day demand justice in education for the children of farm workers!

California regulations require farm workers and their families to move at least 50 miles away from the migrant camps at the end of the growing season. This rule disrupts farm workers’ families and their children's education.

Stand with us as we support farm workers' children in demanding their right to a stable education.

More details to come.

Friday, December 9th 
Noon - 2:00pm
Housing and Community Development
2020 W. El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA
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