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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

July 11, 2017

  1. San José Proclamation Honoring Our Work
  2. School Supply Drive for the Children of Farm Workers
  3. Vallejo Healthy Food Fest This Sunday, July 16
  4. Focus Groups
  5. Expanding Our Reach

1. San José Proclamation Honoring Our Work

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is making an impact in communities, and people are noticing!

At a city council meeting on June 20th, the City of San José recognized and honored F.E.P. for our vegan food justice work with a proclamation given to our founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas. The city recognized our work for promoting “a more sustainable world by educating the community on issues, such as access to healthy foods for low-income families, working conditions for farm workers, and depletion of natural resources.”

We are delighted to receive such prestigious recognition from the very city where F.E.P. was founded.

Norberto Dueñas, City Manager; lauren Ornelas, founder and executive director, Food Empowerment Project; Stacie Shih, District Director Office of Assembly Member Ash Kalra | 27th Assembly District; and Mayor Sam Liccardo

You can view the video from the city council meeting here on Facebook and hear them talk about our vegan food justice work.

In further recognition of our work, the city of San José will join other collection sites to officially gather school supplies for our school supply drive for the children of farm workers. See more about the school supply drive below!

2. School Supply Drive for the Children of Farm Workers

F.E.P.’s school supply drive for the children of farm workers is happening now!

We want farm workers to know we care about them and that we are grateful for the work they do. This isn’t charity; it’s giving something back to the people who make it possible for us to put food on our tables.

From July 10th to the 23rd, we will collect school supplies at various drop-off locations throughout the Bay Area. Then, we’ll deliver backpacks full of supplies to the children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas area and in Sonoma County.

Please take a look at our list of needed school supplies and share the link to our Facebook event page widely to help us give back to the families who make it possible for us to feed our own families.

This year, supporters everywhere can join the school supply drive by sending supplies directly to our office!

Food Empowerment Project School Supply Drive 2016

3. Vallejo Healthy Food Fest This Sunday, July 16

Back by popular demand, our second Vallejo Healthy Food Festival (VHFF) is coming up on Sunday, July 16th! Our goal with the VHFF is to share the message that healthy food should be a right not a privilege! At the VHFF, both Vallejo residents and nonresidents will have another opportunity to enjoy culturally diverse vegan foods, take in a variety of performances, and check out several community organizations.

If you’re in the Bay Area, please join us for this wonderful community event with vegan food, art, speakers, and music. Check out our Facebook event page and video from last year’s VHFF!

Read up on the difficulties of accessing healthy food in Vallejo, CA, in our June 2016 report (PDF).

Sunday, July 16th 11am-5pm
Dan Foley Park, Vallejo, CA
Free for Vallejo residents (with proof of residency), $5 for non-residents

If you can’t join us in Vallejo but share our belief that everyone deserves access to the foods that will nourish their families, donate today!

Donate Now!

4. Focus Groups

Keeping with the theme of improving access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities, F.E.P. and community members recently had a very successful meeting with Mayor Sampayan of Vallejo on moving forward with access to healthy foods in their vibrant and diverse city.

We’ve just completed five focus groups in Vallejo, where we met with residents, ate delicious vegan food, and talked about their needs and hopes for access to healthy foods. Thanks so much to Chef Evangelina for providing the wonderful vegan food (including yummy vegan menudo and vegan adobo!) and to our community organizer, Maria Guevera, for facilitating the groups! Our work is imperative to improving access so that everyone can exercise their right to healthy food. It is also vital to ensuring that people who want to go vegan have that option.

5. Expanding Our Reach!


“When people use their voices to change policies
or corporations, that’s power!”

– lauren Ornelas

Word of F.E.P. is spreading wider throughout the world! People around the globe are interested in and inspired by F.E.P.’s commitment to making connections between injustices in the food system. We stand up for human and non-human animals, and that resonates with people everywhere.

Read this fantastic interview with lauren about her activism by Brazilian group ANDA!*

*The interview is in Portuguese. Let us know if you’d like the English translation.

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