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July 17, 2012

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July 17, 2012

The Food Empowerment Project is at the front lines of the intersectional social justice movement which is grounded in animal liberation. Typically thought of in isolation, the FEP highlights the ways in which animal use intersects with food justice, food apartheid, food deserts, migrant worker exploitation, environmental racism and more. This work is coalition work that strengthens all of these movements, provides space for collaboration, and moves understandings beyond human dominance.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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July 17, 2012

The Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is a unique and vital organization.

It’s rare enough to find advocates for non-human animals who care about workers; it’s even more rare to find worker advocates who pay any attention at all to animal issues.

And it’s more or less unheard of
for such activists to take a worlds-system view of environmental toxins, industrial production, the larger food system and what it means for social justice efforts in our communities.

In the market glut of nonprofits vying for dwindling funding, that’s a bit of a tall order. Yet F.E.P. does all of that and more, with little more than a dedicated volunteer staff and a mission that our “food choices really can change the world.”

By positioning its advocacy at the intersections of struggles, F.E.P. challenges us. In accessible language and total honesty, it asks, “What do worker’s rights and animal rights have to say to each other? What about local food justice and global food sovereignty? What does your store sell? Why? What does it mean for cocoa to be ‘ethically-sourced?’ What about the farmworkers who harvest your dinner?”

F.E.P. relentlessly forces these issues, to its great credit. There is literally no else doing it, certainly not with a vegan focus and not with an intentional attempt to make it accessible to a wider popular community.

They are utterly essential to ongoing efforts for social change. Give them all your money.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 14, 2012

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August 29, 2011

Food Empowerment Project is an amazing organization. Their work is so crucial for our age because they question some of the most entrenched beliefs, but manage to do so in a way that is respectful an... more

July 14, 2012

Food Empowerment Project is the most effective organization that addresses the impact of our food system on people, animals and the environment.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 29, 2011

Food Empowerment Project is an amazing organization. Their work is so crucial for our age because they question some of the most entrenched beliefs, but manage to do so in a way that is respectful and helps people to change. Not only are they an extremely effective organization, but they manage to pull off an amazing amount of work with very little funding. Hoping they come upon a great windfall soon.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping us to take a deeper look at our campaign goals, and question underlying assumptions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase grant making capacity so that they could begin hiring full time staff. The work this organization does is too important to go unfunded.

July 10, 2011

Food Empowerment Project is an excellent organization for a number of reasons. One of the most important aspects of their work is bridging issues of food access, veganism and environmental justice -- these issues all serve the same goal of making the world better for people and animals but are often bifurcated.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a food justice advocate.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they had more money so they could move from a volunteer based organization to hiring paid staff.

July 11, 2012

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July 11, 2012

I have never known a group like this. I see them as huge advocates for all beings in our community, both human and animal. Their work ethic is impeccable and I have learned from them to be much more affective in my own campaigns. Such a simple yet profound concept...that our food choices make tremendous changes in so many areas of our communties.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to be more affecticein my personal campaigns and other volunteering

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

yes above. and yes new friends

July 11, 2012

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July 11, 2012

There are a lot of remarkable nonprofits out there. Some help animals (even those raised for food). Some work on issues affecting humans, such as health, workers' rights, or slavery. Still others work to improve the environment. Food Empowerment Project is the only organization I know of that works on all these issues. That this work is done as an all-volunteer nonprofit is simply astounding. I am privileged to help them in any way I can.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a million-dollar grant. Their work is invaluable and deserves not only recognition but serious funding.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I think they could use one more volunteer to help with social media.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Before I volunteered, I thought human slavery was a thing of the past. Through my work at F.E.P., I've learned that slavery is alive and well in the chocolate and other industries.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel very valued and appreciated -- more so than I have in any paid job, ever.

July 11, 2012

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1 previous review
July 10, 2011

The Food Empowerment Project is the only food justice organization that sees the connectivity of all issues as they relate to social justice and where our food comes from. With a focus on research, ad... more

July 11, 2012

Food Empowerment Project does what few NGOs can seem to manage: Stay committed to specific, attainable goals, grounded in a larger coherent framework, while maintaining a laser-like focus on deliverable results. The fact that FEP does this while staying lean, efficient, and flexible is a testament to its leadership.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 10, 2011

The Food Empowerment Project is the only food justice organization that sees the connectivity of all issues as they relate to social justice and where our food comes from. With a focus on research, advocacy, and grassroots activism this organization stands alone in their commitment to making our plant safe for all species and for all time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how people have been activated by their work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to amplify their work.

July 11, 2012

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1 previous review
July 9, 2011

As someone who was new to social justice issues, I was intrigued and impressed when I heard about the idea to form a nonprofit that would focus on the interconnections of a variety of social justice i... more

July 11, 2012

As a board member who is very involved with Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), I can honestly say how thankful I am to be a part of this nonprofit organization that makes the connections between social justice food issues involving humans, animals and the environment while including such important and timely issues such as the lack of access to healthy food in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. As an all-volunteer organization I am often amazed at how much gets done, but I cannot say I'm surprised since the passion and willingness to make a difference in our world resonates deeply within this organization, and I am more than happy to be a part of that.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a variety of ways, from seeing people make changes in their buying habits to educating themselves about important food issues.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to do additional fundraising so that there could be at least one paid staff person to get even more work done.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I've been involved since the beginning.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

An important short-term priority is to come up with solutions for the people who do not have access to healthy foods.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To empower people so that they realize their food choices can actually change the world!

July 9, 2011

As someone who was new to social justice issues, I was intrigued and impressed when I heard about the idea to form a nonprofit that would focus on the interconnections of a variety of social justice issues that involved food. I remember saying that if Food Empowerment Project became a reality, I would definitely like to be a part of it. I began as a volunteer, then an Advisory Board Member, and am now a Board Member who does volunteer work on a daily basis. I can honestly say that the work I do is not only worthwhile, but has changed my life for the better. I have learned so much about the needs of families who do not have access to healthy foods, about the injustices farm workers must endure while picking the fruits and vegetables that end up on our tables, about the child and slave labor that abounds in the chocolate industry in Africa, and about the plight of the billions of farmed animals killed daily for "meat," along with so much more. I have truly learned about how the power of food can change the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced great satisfaction watching Food Empowerment Project gain respect from not only its supporters, but also from people who are in a variety of fields dealing with social justice issues.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Food Empowerment Project is currently an all-volunteer nonprofit where all the people have other full-time jobs. When the time is right and there is funding, I would like to see this organization be able to hire one or two full-time people so that F.E.P. can make a difference in the lives of even more people.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was informed about it prior to its formation.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To spread the word to as many people as possible.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Creating a more just and sustainable world through the power of our food choices.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 11, 2012

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1 previous review
July 29, 2011

Led by founder lauren Ornelas, the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. F.E.P. encourages healthy food ch... more

July 11, 2012

Food Empowerment Project is such an effective food justice organization because it focuses on the interconnected issues of human rights, animal rights, and environmental justice. When I have tabeled for F.E.P as a volunteer, I will undoubtedly speak with: a social justice advocate who didn't realize the suffering caused by factory farming for both workers and farmed animals -- or an animal rights activist who, after hearing Founder lauren Ornelas' talk, is informed & empowered to purchase foods that are not only free of animal suffering, but free of human slavery (example: http://www.foodispower.org/slavery_chocolate.htm). F.E.P not only raises awareness, they provide simple tools to take action and make a difference (http://www.foodispower.org/takeaction.htm). F.E.P. unites all behind a common cause of seeking a more just and sustainable world.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 29, 2011

Led by founder lauren Ornelas, the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. F.E.P. encourages healthy food 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, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas. lauren Ornelas speaks with passion and solid facts to enlighten others of the consequences of their food choices, and what they can do to make the world and better place for people and animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing people's shock when they learn they are supporting human slavery by buying chocolate, and then deciding to only support companies F.E.P. has endorsed as slave-free. F.E.P.'s extensive research into chocolate sources has put the pressure on companies to be ethical and transparent.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone lauren... :) and experiment with different fundraising tactics so we can raise more money to print our literature, etc. (Example: $20 or greater donation = free F.E.P. t-shirt"). Organize more field trips (and advertise widely) to farmworker organizations such as ALBA and Center for Farmworker Families to learn who about who grows/harvests our food and how.

July 10, 2012

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July 10, 2012

I've have been on the Food Empowerment Project's mail list, email list and Facebook page for the past year. I have seen the work they do...educating people on healthy food choices which also has a positive effect on the environment and the needless suffering of animals. The FEP has also been involved in fighting for farmworkers' rights, which has become such a desperate situation for those who work so hard and under such extreme conditions to put food on our table. FEP also started a campaign with Change.org to end child slavery within a well-known company which has opened my eyes to the entire world wide epidemic. Lauren Ornelas is a committed and compassionate leader for this non-profit and I plan on volunteering for their cause in the future.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 10, 2012

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1 previous review
July 10, 2011

Food Empowerment Project is connecting the dots between the rights of humans and animals, and that's something kind of rare right now, but I think completely necessary to take humanity to the next lev... more

July 10, 2012

Food Empowerment Project is a group that I continue to support because I think their work is hooked into the future, doing their best to educate and help people and animals. Hopefully more people will make the connections that they are teaching.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 10, 2011

Food Empowerment Project is connecting the dots between the rights of humans and animals, and that's something kind of rare right now, but I think completely necessary to take humanity to the next level.

They do so much important research and education that not a lot of groups are doing
right now, and I think they are leaders in this way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Using their website and literature as resources to educate myself and others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to promote their organization in a bigger way, maybe using celebrities, like Farm Sanctuary and others do. I think this is a cause that can easily get the back up of big names to help spread the word and get financial backing.

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