Food Empowerment Project

Rating: 4.96 stars   52 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  

I absolutely am grateful to and fully support Food Empowerment Project. FEP has helped show thousands upon thousands about how food choices affect diverse populations and the environment. They promote access to healthy foods, support company transparency, and have effected serious change in the marketplace through consumer advocacy and other tools. I am so proud to support them and am glad their work will continue to impact our world for the better.

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

Change nothing

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that the work that Food Empowerment Project is doing is vital to understanding and connecting social justice struggles. I have already learned so much by reading their literature and seeing lauren from FEP speak a few times. Our choices affect produce workers, child slavery in west africa, and animals all over the planet. Food Empowerment project has a lot of work a head of them and they can use all the help they can get!

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Definitely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Definitely

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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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.

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

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: 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.

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

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  

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

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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.

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

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: 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.

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

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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