The following post is a guest post by Food Empowerment Project’s Founder and Executive Director, lauren Ornelas.
Getting ready for school already?
Summer just started and should be a time for children to take a break from the rigors of the classroom, so why are we so excited that the Pachamama Alliance is helping out by being a drop-off location for Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) school supply drive for the children of farm workers?
It’s because farm workers are the ones who pick the food that many of us eat, from our vegetables to our tasty fruits, yet they are paid very little (and many even have their wages stolen), they often work in deplorable conditions (including extreme temperatures), and the women face sexual abuse in the fields. Many of the workers cannot afford to put a roof over their heads, and ironically, many cannot afford the fruits and vegetables they are picking.
Unfortunately, the food system is not exactly one that places the needs of the workers very high on the list of priorities. Therefore, we need to do what we can to help break the cycle of poverty and ensure that the children of farm workers have the opportunities that they deserve.
We know that we need to continue to work towards changing this unjust system, but for now, we need to do what we can. So F.E.P. is grateful and excited that the Pachamama Alliance is a drop-off location to collect school supplies for children who often must attend school without even the basic necessities.
How You Can Help
Drop off NEW, non-toxic items at a the Pachamama Alliance office in San Francisco or another drop-off location in the San Francisco Bay Area July 13 to July 27. Items needed include, but are not limited to:
- Colored markers
- Pencils and pens
- Lined notebook paper
- Spiral notebooks and more
Check out what other type of school supplies are needed and remember, backpacks are always in big demand.