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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

May 15, 2018

  1. Help End Animal Suffering, One Glass at a Time
  2. Fight for Your Ocean Day
  3. School Supply Drive 2018
  4. Food Empowerment Project Turns 11!
  5. F.E.P. in the Media
  6. Needed: Frequent Flyer Miles
  7. Upcoming Events

1. Help End Animal Suffering, One Glass at a Time

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) launched phase one of our latest effort to raise awareness about how animals are raised and killed for food: Help End Animal Cruelty One Glass at a Time.
Headquartered in so-called “happy cow” dairy country, we’re uniquely positioned to literally stand with the cows and educate passing commuters about the cruelty inherent in the dairy system.
Most commuters see cows munching on green grass. They do not know about the anguish mother cows endure while having their babies taken away or that these same cows will be slaughtered and turned into ground “beef” as soon as their bodies are exhausted from years of being milked.
Every month, we will stand beside the cows and hand out leaflets to commuters. We will help them understand the cruelty of the dairy system, and we will be a regular presence to provide a counter to the strong pro-dairy presence in the area.
We will convince people to help end animal suffering, one glass at a time.

2. Fight for Your Ocean Day – 8.30.18

Get planning, friends! F.E.P. has declared Thursday, August 30, 2018, “Fight for Your Ocean Day” in honor of Dr. Sylvia Earle.
We’re calling on people to:

  1. Organize an ocean clean-up on August 30th*
  2. Stop eating marine creatures
Read about the inspiration for this effort and Dr. Sylvia Earle and start planning for your Fight for the Ocean Day activity!
If you don’t live near the ocean, you can still make a difference! Organize a clean-up for a local lake or river! Weekdays too busy for you to lead an event on a Thursday? Organizing a weekend clean-up would be great too!

3. School Supply Drive 2018

Summer is coming, which means it is time to get ready for our annual school supply drive for the children of farm workers!

We’ll collect supplies from July 16th–July 27th. That gives us 12 days to collect all the backpacks, notebooks, etc., that we can. This year, you can even send supplies directly to our office!

If you live in the Bay Area and want to volunteer to help us pack the backpacks, please contact us!

4. Food Empowerment Project Turns 11!

May 1st was our 11th birthday! That’s 11 years of supporters like you making our vision for a vegan food justice movement possible. Thank you so much!
As you can see, we’re working hard to introduce new efforts and keep spreading the word about justice and compassion for everyone.
With our $50K matching donor, now is a perfect time to donate in honor of our 11th birthday! Donate today!

Donate Now!
Washington State employees can use our giving code (1482411) since we are now part of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive! California State employees can continue to use our giving code for the Our Promise California State employee giving program (27074).

5. F.E.P. in the Media

We were delighted that our founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas, was named by Spanish-language outlet Enfemenino as one of six women making history for veganism!

And, three of the six women (including lauren), are women of color! Non-Spanish-speaking readers can use Google translate to read the article.
Our chocolate list app got some love from South Sound Magazine as part of their list of must-have sustainable food apps!

We LOVE seeing Chavez, our Recommendation Bunny, working hard in stores! This photo was snapped at Food Fight! Grocery in Portland! 

6. Needed: Frequent Flyer Miles

We’re busily planning our 2018 Vallejo Healthy Food Festival. The community reached out to us about bringing David Carter (the 300 Pound Vegan) to the event so they can learn what a former professional football player has to say about veganism.
We want to honor their request but don’t have the funds to cover David’s airfare.
If you have frequent flyer miles to donate, please contact us!

7. Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 19th – Oakland, CA
Oakland VegFest
lauren will be speaking and we will have a table. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, June 2nd – Portland, ME
Maine VegFest
lauren will be speaking, as will F.E.P. advisory board member pattrice jones, and we’ll have a table too!
Sunday, June 3rd – Philadelphia, PA
Philly Vegan Pop Flea Market
We’ll have a table, so stop by! (Thanks, Dana!)

We were joined with other activist at Petaluma Poultry for a peaceful demonstration for the chickens in honor of International Respect for Chickens Day. We helped encourage people who truly love animals to go vegan! 
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