The Campaign for Fair Food calls upon major food buyers to end poverty and modern slavery in the Florida fields by working in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a human rights award-winning farmworker organization in Immokalee, FL. The Campaign is supported by religious, human rights, student and sustainable food organizations across the nation.
The Campaign for Fair Food has been successful in achieving landmark agreements between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and some of the largest food corporations in the world: Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC and others), McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods Market, Bon Appétit, and food service providers Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo.
“Business as usual has condemned our sisters and brothers who labor in the fields to suffer needlessly. But there is another way.” – from the Southern California Religious Leaders Sign-on Letter to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane
These agreements are changing the very structure of the food system so that it ensures the well-being of the men and women who harvest. These large buyers are paying a net penny per pound increase to farmworkers who harvest tomatoes for their suppliers, counteracting the downward pressure food buyers’ high volume/low cost purchasing has had on wages and working conditions. Through fair food agreements with the CIW, willing buyers and over 90 percent of the Florida growers are, right now, implementing a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process.
Through the Campaign for Fair Food, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined with the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and many other faith bodies to work side-by-side with the CIW farmworkers toward a more sustainable and just food system. The Presbyterian Hunger Program fosters Presbyterian participation in the Campaign across the nation.
Read about how the Campaign for Fair Food is addressing modern slavery in the fields (Slavery and the Food We Eat, CIW)
Preaching God’s Transforming Justice” lectionary commentary, published in August 2011 by Westminster/John Knox. She is married to the Rev. Jeffrey Geary, pastor of White Plains Presbyterian Church and they live with their five year old son, August Xavier, in White Plains, New York.