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55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Food Empowerment Project motivates and empowers me to make just food decisions. As a Board Member, I am honored to be able to work and support such a multifaceted and holistic organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Food Empowerment Project really is one-of-a-kind! No one else connects the dots the way F.E.P. does. Finally, there's a group for those of us who care about everyone impacted by the food system - animals, produce workers, children forced into slavery in the chocolate industry, and low-income communities of color who cannot access healthy foods. I feel so good about donating to F.E.P.!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great one-of-a-kind organization! No one else is doing the extremely important work that F.E.P. is tackling.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came across the Food Empowerment Project when I was researching on ethical chocolate. I immediately fell in love with the organization and it's mission. Finally an organization that recognizes how entangled food, health, the animals, the environment, and the workers are. We cannot fix our broken food system by tackling single issues and the Food Empowerment Project understands this.

I appreciate how much impact the Food Empowerment Project has made as a volunteer organization. Without hesitation I decided that I needed to help out where I could. This started with donating to the organization and now volunteering with them. Lauren, the founder, is incredibly intelligent as well as kind and compassionate. I continually learn from her and enjoy volunteering with the Food Empowerment Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it just call me the attention this program and I need to do a presentation for my school and I was wondering if you jave this program in the PA area?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a part of the Food Empowerment Project volunteer family! F.E.P. makes the critical connections between ethical and compassionate choices that transcend all species. The sooner our greater community understands the intersections between our daily decisions and the impact on tomorrow's outlook the better. Their mission resonates with me entirely; allowing me to continue learning and sharing information about worker's rights, food source implications, and improving access to healthy foods for all communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I came across Food Empowerment Project through tabling next to them at the Animal Rights Conference it was the first time I had been actually excited about a non-profit organization in many years. Finally a group that truly gets it. Not only are they dedicated to promoting the vegan message but they do not ignore so many of the other important issues that intersect when one is dealing with food politics. To have a truly effective anti-oppression movement we must do our best to address all issues of oppression, not casting aside those that don't strictly fit in with our chosen issue. FEP does this beautifully, tying together the intersectionality of oppression in a way that is easy to understand and much more accessible to a greater portion of the population than most other organizations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Food Empowerment Project taught me about the injustice that is going on not only in other countries but right in front of our door steps every single day. I was shocked when I first found out about this and I'm very grateful to have found this fantastic organization of dedicated people who work very hard to spread the word! I learned so much while volunteering for this organization, for example how your food choices affect others and the environment one meal at a time. I'm so happy for being a part of this amazing team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former board member of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), I can honestly say that this all-volunteer, vegan organization is making connections and doing work that is more than commendable. From bringing awareness to the public about the plight of today's farm workers to the lack of access to healthy food in "food deserts," F.E.P. continues to educate others about the importance of their food choices, including the ease of reducing the suffering of animals raised for food. F.E.P. truly empowers people to do the most good and the least harm, which is something I continue to aspire to do and why I happily support them.

Sarah130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the Food Empowerment Project because it calls attention to all the issues involved with food justice. They care about the people who grow our food, the animals whose lives are taken for our food; the environment that suffers for our food production. And even better, they share with the public practical ways to ensure that children, adults, animals and the earth are not exploited for our food. What a win/win solution to a complex set of challenges. This is the only group I know of that connects the dots to see and find solutions for the big picture in ethical food choices.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Food Empowerment project connects the dots and shows the relationships between and among humans, animals, and the earth. They show that our behaviors toward any of these affects each of the others. They call on businesses and individuals to do right by their employees, their communities, their planet. FEP holds citizens of the earth accountable for the damage we do to one another and to our planet. The encourage respect and dignity and kindness in everything we do. I do not know of any other group that sees the whole picture this clearly and does such good work across the board on behalf of people, animals or our dear home planet.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am impressed with FEP. This organization succeeds at empowering people to bring about positive change on all of the following issues: human slavery, animal suffering, climate change and other forms of environmental damage, public health, and worker rights. It's a breathtaking range of issues, but the connections are there, and FEP brings those connections to light.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A hard-working and visionary group. They strive to cover as many related and interconnected issues as they can relating to food. They care about both the human side and animal side, making them quite a unique group.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The work that the Food Empowerment Project does is amazing. Focused on food justice issues, they provide invaluable resources and are an amazing voice on a number of issues such as animals used in the food industry, the treatment of agricultural workers, human slavery and the environment. This is a visionary organization and I'm not aware of any other organization who takes a comprehensive view of the myriad issues surrounding food.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Food Empowerment Project is an incredible organization led by an incredible woman, lauren Ornelas. The organization focuses on linking all of the issues around food, including animals, the environment, farm workers, health and more. This is the only organization I know that takes a holistic view of the impact of our food choices.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Food Empowerment Project is a fantastic organization that tackles all the injustices surrounding our food choices. As a vegan organization there is the much needed focus on animals but there is also equal concern for issues such as human slavery, environmental exploitation, the plight of farm workers, food security, environmental racism, and food deserts. FEP recognizes that these issues do not exist in a vacuum; instead, they are part of the same cycle of oppression and we need to be concerned about them all if we care about creating a more just world.
Consistent with their holistic approach to food justice, FEP is working to help new vegans stay on track by advocating going vegan for a variety of ethical reasons in their Food Chain newsletters. Instead of promoting an only-for-the-animals approach, Food Chain covers the environmental, social justice, and health reasons for going and staying vegan. This no-stone-left-unturned approach is not only more inclusive but also leaves fewer opportunities for people to make excuses or claim they don't care.
I am extremely proud to be part of the Food Empowerment Project. Volunteering for them has raised my awareness not only of how much injustice is out there but also of how far reaching an impact our food choices have on the world. It truly is empowering!

Donor

Rating: 5

Food Empowerment Project is without question, an all-around ethical organization and the ONLY group I know of that links together and addresses human, animal and environmental concerns. As a result, it's impact is far more outreaching; from child slavery and the rights of farm workers, to human health and the horrors of factory farming, they truly leave no stone unturned.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Food Empowerment Project is dedicated to social justice on multiple fronts, even when that is challenging (and challenged). Effective work for environmental issues, animal concerns, food justice, or human justice issues requires understanding the connections among all four. The Food Empowerment Project sheds the light and heat needed to illuminate and fuel powerful food justice work. Highly recommended!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

FEP empowers people to make a difference on issues that matter: human slavery, environmental degradation, animal suffering, climate change, worker rights, and public health, to name a few. They provide participants experiences of local changes having global impact, and that's transforming. By uncovering hidden connections among many justice issues, they boldly go where many nonprofits fear to tread. Their work is both straightforward and nuanced. And they do all of this with minimal overhead, a highly committed staff of great integrity, and expertise from years of experience in field.

Carol54

Donor

Rating: 5

My son Chris is a volunteer, and I feel very moved by his work to bring healthy food to those in need.

Chris V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this group because it combines human and animal rights under the greater category of justice. I did not feel satisfied with activist groups who thought one was important and the other not important. The Food Empowerment Project allows me to advocate for people, animals, and the environment, and show how all 3 are related to each other. When I found out about F.E.P. I was excited to have a group represent most of my activist views, without looking down on other causes. When I volunteer for other groups there are always some who are saying they already know about that issue or were not interested. With F.E.P. I have yet to meet someone who was not interested to learn about one or more or the issues we work on. It really makes me feel great to help empower people to make the world a better place through their purchases and other of our campaigns.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!