Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. We encourage choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, the unavailability of healthy foods in communities of color and low-income areas, and the importance of not purchasing chocolate that comes from the worst forms of child labor.
Take a moment to watch a special message from our founder and Executive Director, lauren Ornelas, as she highlights some of the wonderful things F.E.P. has accomplished this year. Supporters like you make our work possible, and your support today is critical to our success in 2018! Please consider giving towards our $20K goal and be a part of making a more just and compassionate world for everyone. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Demand that Safeway eliminate restrictive deeds preventing new grocery stores from replacing them on their former properties.
VeganMexicanFood.com was recently relaunched. The site contains mouthwatering photos of more than thirty 100% vegan Mexican food recipes. Besides being visually stunning, the site is also more user-friendly. True to our mission, VeganMexicanFood.com also includes information on ethical eating, and just like our main website, it is fully translated into Spanish. You can check it out here.
Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies and/or their valuable time to make the fourth annual school supply drive a success! With your support, we collected 461 backpacks and thousands of school supplies for the many excited children of farm workers!
Over the past few years, Food Empowerment Project has been taking a critical look at access to healthy foods in the vibrant community of Vallejo, CA.
On Sunday, July 16, we hosted the second Vallejo Healthy Food Fest, where we served a 100% vegan meal to almost 400 people in attendance! In addition to the delicious food, there was a variety of speakers, art, music, and performances.
And, just like our first event in 2016, we continued to create enthusiasm and increase demand for change while sharing the message that healthy foods are not only delicious but should be accessible to everyone in Vallejo!
Check out photos of the event on our Facebook photo album.
The City of San José recently recognized and commended Food Empowerment Project for our efforts in educating the community about the power and effects of our food choices. On June 20, 2017, lauren Ornelas received a proclamation from the city honoring F.E.P. and our vegan food justice work, which “promotes 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 were overjoyed to receive such prestigious recognition from the city where Food Empowerment Project was founded. You can view the video from the city council meeting here on Facebook.
The City of San José will officially collect supplies for our school supply drive for the children of farmer workers. If you would like to join the City of San José in their efforts to collect school supplies, you can find out more information here.
Last year, we organized our first-ever Vallejo Healthy Food Fest (VHFF), and it was a huge success! We’ll be hosting another VHFF in 2017, so put Sunday, July 16th, on your calendar.
F.E.P. Releases Latest Report on Lack of Access in Vallejo, CA
Food Empowerment Project was invited to Vallejo to take a critical look at access to healthy foods. F.E.P. gathered information over the past couple of years and in June 2016 released the findings in their report Vallejo: City of Opportunity Lacks Access to Healthy Food.