Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is organizing a Bay Area school supply drive for the children of farm workers from Monday, July 10, through Sunday, July 23.
The farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, profit over people, and greed over families. These workers strive to get by on very little income, and parents and grandparents often cannot afford to buy their children the school supplies they need.
While F.E.P. works in other ways to challenge this system, we want to do our best to give farm workers the support they deserve.
Donations will be given to the children of farm workers in the Watsonville/Salinas area (some of whom live in the labor camps), as we are working with the Center for Farmworker Families*, Graton Day Labor Center* (for the farm worker family members who frequent the Center looking for job opportunities), Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena in Sonoma County, and farm workers with United Farm Workers* in Santa Rosa.
Any school supplies that remain after these distributions are taken to the impoverished villages of Jalisco’s high mountains for farm family children. The school supplies, in turn, will provide farm families with a strong foundation and incentive to remain in Mexico for their children’s education.
For a glimpse of the kids receiving the backpacks, and all of the work that goes into the drive, check out this short video:
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Photos above are of our wonderful recipients from 2016.
*Please note, although Food Empowerment Project is referring to the work of another organization, we do not necessarily endorse the entire content of their website or mission.