VALLEJO – The fifth annual Food Empowerment Project for the Vallejo Healthy Food Fest is going virtual.

“Healthy foods are not only delicious but should be accessible for all in Vallejo. Join Food Empowerment Project’s movement for a healthier community, for non-human animals, our people and planet,” Lauren Ornelas, founder of Food Empowerment Project, said in a statement.

The organization is vegan-based, noting the lifestyle choice also protects food animals.

The online event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays: Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.

“At the Vallejo Healthy Food Fest, you’ll learn how to whip up colorful vegan Mexican fare with Chef Evangelina, delicious vegan Filipino food with Vegan Cooking Mom, and mouthwatering vegan soul food with Chef Chew,” the event announcement stated. “You will also understand how to use food as medicine from a presentation and live Q&A session with Dr. Melissa Mondala and hear about Food Empowerment Project’s efforts to boost access to healthy foods in the Vallejo community.”

Free cookbooks will be given to the first 16 Vallejo residents who join the event on each day, and every participant will receive free vegan starter guides filled with tasty recipes, free stickers and more.

Pre-recorded videos will be presented with English captions during the event. Recordings with Spanish captions will be made available to attendees one week after they air online.

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