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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

September 25, 2018

  1. Farm Worker Outreach: Our Incredible School Supply Drive
  2. Access to Healthy Food: Bringing Worker-Owned Cooperatives to Vallejo
  3. Veganism: Fight for the Ocean Day a Big Success!
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. In Case You Missed It

1. Farm Worker Outreach: Our Incredible School Supply Drive

Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) school supply drive for the children of farm workers was incredible this year! We collected 568 backpacks this year—over a hundred more than last year—and stuffed them full of school supplies donated by our wonderful supporters. Thousands of school supplies went to the children of farm workers to show that we see them, we care about them, and vegan food justice includes them.

Watch the heartwarming video below to see how distribution day went (and to see the gorgeous faces of these wonderful children)!

Read about how we gather, pack, and distribute the donated backpacks and supplies, as well as our list of thank yous (too long to list here!).

Look at the beautiful pictures of the children and be inspired!

We are especially proud that word of our school supply drive has spread, and we were also able to supply backpacks to Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena, Center for Farmworker Families, and the United Farm Workers.

Thank you so much to Souledad Productions for donating their time and expertise to make our video and take photos!

Join others in supporting our outreach work. Donate now!

Donate Now!

2. Access to Healthy Food: Bringing Worker-Owned Cooperatives to Vallejo

As part of our ongoing work to improve access to healthy foods in Vallejo, CA, F.E.P. has conducted community meetings there to introduce community members to worker-owned cooperatives. Righting the injustice of lack of access to healthy foods requires a multifaceted approach. Worker-owned cooperatives are one way to ensure communities of color and low-income communities have access to healthy, nutritious food.
We were thrilled to have Adrionna from Mandela Grocery Cooperative in Oakland there with us to meet people in Vallejo and inspire them to start a cooperative too!

3. Veganism: Fight for the Ocean Day a Big Success!

It began when F.E.P. founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas, watched a documentary about oceanographer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle. Inspired by the documentary, lauren came to the office one morning and declared her intention to organize Fight for the Ocean Day in honor of Dr. Earle’s birthday.
Little did she realize that her idea would turn into several days of action across the U.S. (and internationally!), where vegan food justice supporters joined together to clean up beaches.
It was exciting and inspiring to see so many people gathered in support of sea creatures and their home. We hope to do it again so we can keep connecting the dots between veganism and conservation!

4. Upcoming Events

Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21
Portland VegFest
10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday
Visit us at our table!

5. In Case You Missed It


“There are a lot of things that we don’t understand that people deal with all the time. If you come from a place a privilege, you’re separated from that, and the more you can do to try and understand that every single person you encounter is going to have their own set of circumstances, I think the better off we’re going to be as advocates and that then will help non-human animals.” – lauren Ornelas

Listen to lauren’s fantastic interview on “The Woke Stutters” podcast! They discuss everything from anti-oppression to undercover investigations, F.E.P.’s “wow!” moments, supporting farmers who pick our foods, and why F.E.P. is a vegan food justice organization.


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