Food Empowerment Project

Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. We 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. We 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 all of our work, Food Empowerment Project seeks specifically to empower those with the fewest resources.

Food Empowerment Project is a vegan food justice organization and a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) and was founded in 2007 by lauren Ornelas. Learn more about the organization’s leadership team.


Food Empowerment Project is a vegan organization founded by a woman of color. Our values include a stance against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, and body shaming. That is not to say we have never made mistakes or we never will, but we do our best to learn and listen to those impacted to make any necessary changes.

These values also include supporting a variety of causes, such as boycotts called by farm workers and other impacted community members, as well as supporting and amplifying the voices of those in communities of color, women impacted by sexism or harassment and bullying in the animal movement, and those who speak out against violence to human or non-human animals.

May 17, 2022
Full time
Food Empowerment Project Remote (San Jose, California, USA)
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) Development Manager Job Summary Are you a talented and enthusiastic fundraiser who is also deeply passionate about vegan food justice? Want to help create a more just and sustainable world by helping folks take back the power of their food choices? Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is looking for a full-time Development Manager (D.M.) to lead all of our fundraising efforts, from virtual events, to digital donor engagement, to grants applications. We have 15 years of history working to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. In this role you would be an essential member of our team, working closely with the Executive Director and with our Founder to shape our fundraising and development for the long-term. We are looking for someone with experience in modern fundraising best practices such as SMS engagement,...