FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Rating: 4.96 stars   51 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Animals, Food

Location: PO Box 7071 % Lauren Ornelas San Jose CA 95150 USA

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2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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Rating: 4 stars  

I helped collect data on grocery stores in various areas. I tabled for FEP at a vegan Earth Day celebration.
Raising people's awareness of their food sources, including dark issues like chocolate slavery, is very important.

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

in speaking to people who were otherwise unfamiliar with issues such as chocolate slavery or how dangerous slaughterhouses are.

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

Nothing comes to mind.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work of Food Empowerment Project regarding environmental racism, food accessibility and labor conditions for immigrants in big agriculture as well as the exploitation of workers globally for food products has opened my eyes. They are an incredible resource that I am thankful for and frequently refer people to. They are one of the few resources out there linking veganism, food accessibility and communities of color and I am thankful for their existence. I truly believe that the resources provided by food empowerment project have increased my effectiveness as an activist through providing important information in a centralized location that links the communities I struggle alongside and for. It is an invaluable resource for anti-racist vegans as well as anyone who cares about the global community and their access to food.

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I have personally had incredible experiences discussing these issues with lauren Ornelas. This has not only created a great resource to refer people to as well as anti-racist analysis of veganism and food access for the blog I run, but also help me bring the anti-racist analysis to my volunteer work with GLBTQ folks in NYC as it relates to general access to resources.

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If I had the resources I would give them as much as I could so that they could do even more work. I'm truly thankful for them, the information they provide and the existence of their dedication to food injustice.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Food is power! Indeed it is. Food Empowerment Project's mission is to create a just and sustainable world through informed food choices. I support FEP because they believe in a broad definition of "just" - a commitment to reducing suffering in all living beings and the environment. A bold an inspiring vision more than capably implemented by the dedicated FEP team.

I'm grateful to support an organization like Food Empowerment Project. An organization with so much to give and so much to do deserves your support too.

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I'm learning, through FEP research, about the interconnectedness of our food supply and am making more informed choices based on that research. The chocolate list is one example where FEP research into the sources and business practices of companies that sell chocolate have impacted my food selection. And in general, just being inspired to be bold and compassionate. All living beings deserve to be free from suffering.

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

Provide them with an unlimited supply of people to assist in their ongoing projects.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Food Empowerment Project's executive director, Lauren Ornelas, presented a wide array of issues related to food justice at my high school. I have also volunteered for the group. In all cases, Lauren speaks with clarity and a strong vision for the FEP- she wants justice for both humans and animals involved in food production and shares specific examples of what we can all do to help.

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My classmates were both fascinated and motivated by Lauren's presentation. They all expressed a desire to get involved with the issues Lauren talked about, particularly environmental racism, and noted that they learned a lot. I definitely felt similarly, particularly when I learned about the FEP's food access survey.

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

The Food Empowerment Project's management is right on, but the scope of their efforts is limited by their lack of funding.

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Rating: 4 stars  

We invited lauren Ornelas, the Executive Director, to speak here in Vancouver about food justice issues. Because of her talk several groups are taking on projects based on Food Empowerment Project's access to healthy food survey and their chocolate project. They are the only group that I know of that is working on food justice issues that takes the animals and the people involved into account. They are a very unique and important group.

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The information presented by FEP on food justice issues has opened the eyes of many people to the deep injustices present in our current food system.

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

FEP is currently still quite small and short on resources. As they become more well known and better-funded they will be able to do more. They are already quite efficient and effective with the resources that they have.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have done some graphic design work as well as some writing for the Food Empowerment Project and found the experience to be great. One of the groups strengths, in the capacity that I worked with them, was the clarity with which my duties were assigned. In the writing project I knew who the audience was, what the voice should be, exact word count, and so forth. This helped me immensely and saved the group lots of time as I didn't have to rewrite or restructure what I had done after turning in a first draft. My experience with the design work I did was very similar in that what was expected of me and what was expected of the design I did were very clear. It was also nice to work with a group who understand the value of graphic design and polished writing as tools to being taken more seriously. I found the Food Empowerment Project to be very professional in this regard, and I find this is lacking in a lot of groups trying to make a difference.

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that I learned a lot about food justice issues I've been able to share with others. We also help distribute literature from the Food Empowerment Project in our own company.

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

fund them better and built up more staff so the work could move forward faster.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Many groups work on single issues, producing results for one group, but sometimes at the expense of another. FEP bridges social justice issues bringing people the tools for sustainability, healthy, and humane living simultaneously. This is so important! A great organization that helps impoverished and disenfranchised people, empowering them while also ensuring that the environment and animals are protected at the same time.

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

their outreach to the community

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

Make it bigger so it could achieve more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about the Food Empowerment Project through a local non-profit organization in Portland, OR called the Let Live Foundation. I was fortunate enough to hear Food Empowerment Project founder, lauren Ornelas, speak on several occasions about food and social justice issues. She was incredibly inspiring, informative, and motivating. I learned a lot from lauren's talks and support the Food Empowerment Project however I can.

Everybody should have access to healthy, affordable food. Workers should be treated fairly and kindly. Animal exploitation on factory farms needs to stop. Our environment's natural resources should not be depleted. The Food Empowerment Project focuses on these essential issues while maintaing compassion for all beings.

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I have attended talks given by lauren Ornelas. Two topics in her talks I was particularly interested in : the bottled water industry and slave labor on chocolate plantations. I posted about both of these issues on my blog after learning about them from lauren.

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

I wouldn't make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel very fortunate to be part of the Food Empowerment Project. I volunteer with a number of organizations, but no one else is working on the intersectionality of so many social-justice issues, and they all relate to food: environmental racism, animal rights, slavery, the environment, and more. You’d think that tackling all this would be too much for a small non-profit, but no. This is a truly astounding group of volunteers, all of whom dedicate untold hours of their time toward encouraging healthy food choices and creating a more just and sustainable planet. I am so proud to be a part of this effort.

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I have seen the group's founder, lauren Ornelas, giving many talks, and she always inspires people. I love seeing the look on someone's face when they realize how their choices really do make a difference.

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

Donate more money to help them grow and become even more effective!

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

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

I wish I had more opportunities to do hands-on work with them.

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

I've made new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I'm making a real difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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