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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.


Shame on Safeway

Shame on Safeway! Help bring Safeway’s disgrace to light!

Sign and share our petition

Demand that Safeway eliminate restrictive deeds preventing new grocery stores from replacing them on their former properties.

Learn more about other ways you can get active for the Shame on Safeway campaign here.


VeganMexicanFood.com – better than ever!

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.


Update on the 2017 School Supply Drive for the Children of Farm Workers

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!

You can read more and check out the photos here.

Photo by In Her Image Photography


A Chocolate Box for Chocolate Lovers

Vegan Cuts just launched a Food Empowerment Project Chocolate Box. All items are sourced from Food Empowerment Project’s list of recommended chocolates and are free of palm oil. Inside you’ll find bars, bark, tea, cookies, and more! One dollar from every box will be donated to support our work, including informing consumers about the worst forms of child and slave labor in the chocolate industry. Thank you, Vegan Cuts, for this yummy way to support our work!


Vallejo Healthy Food Fest 2017

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.


F.E.P. Receives Recognition from City of San José

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.

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


See F.E.P.’s community-based work in action

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.

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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.

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Take our chocolate list with you

Food Empowerment Project's Chocolate List is available as a free app for your smart phone (or see our chocolate list webpage).

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