Food Empowerment Project

Food Empowerment Project


We had the privilege  to sit down and talk with Lauren Ornelas the founder and volunteer executive director of the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.).

You can listen in on our conversation.

The Food Empowerment Project is based in Santa Clara County, the Food Empowerment Project decided to take a closer look in our own backyard to determine how easy it is for communities of color and low-income communities to have access to healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as alternatives to meat and dairy products.

The Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. F.E.P. encourage 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.

By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. F.E.P.  also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to make healthier choices by growing their own fruits and vegetables. In everything they do, the Food Empowerment Project seeks specifically to empower those with the fewest resources.

Topics include:

  • The importance for communities of color and low-income communities to have access to healthy fruits and vegetables.  As you will find out in the interview with Lauren, lower income communities do not have the same food choices as higher income communities.   Here is F.E.P.’s report, “Shining a Light on the Valley of Heart’s Delight” – the findings in this report will knock you off your feet, but you won’t be surprised.
  • Environmental Racism
  • Human Slavery here in the United States
  • Human Slavery  in the Chocolate Industry
  • Food Justices
  • What you can do as an individual and as a community to help improve  food choices.
  • vegan Mexican food
  • and much much more.

[singlepic id=1585 w=160 h=120 float=right] Lauren Ornelas is the Food Empowerment Project’s founder and serves as the group’s volunteer executive director. She is also the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for over 20 years. After spending four years as National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. In cooperation with activists across the country, she worked and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and Pier 1 Imports, among others. She currently serves as Campaign Director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.


*This is a re-post from The New Architects

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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