The prophet Isaiah proclaims God’s coming promise of well-being for human community saying “they shall not labor in vain” (Isaiah 65:17-25). And Presbyterians have been witnessing to God’s vision for work that is dignified, productive and up-building of human community through the Campaign for Fair Food.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program is a collaborative, working program between farmworkers, Florida growers and willing buyers to ensure that Florida tomato pickers have fair wages and working conditions. This summer has been a very active one for the Campaign for Fair Food as across the country Presbyterians have been rallying, dropping off manager’s letters when they shop at grocery chains and participating in the Chipotle day of action. Read on for how you can urge supermarkets and restaurants to make the standards ensured in this program the norm for their business. And mark your calendars for the Sept. 1 National Day of Action!
The Rev. Noelle Damico
PC(USA) Campaign for Fair Food
Recipe for Change National Day of Action - Sept. 1
This summer, faith-based human rights organization International Justice Mission launched a summer campaign in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Campaign for Fair Food, entitled Recipe for Change. The campaign features weekly tomato-based recipes from food justice leaders (this week’s is from Michael Pollan) and raises awareness about the continued struggle to eliminate exploitation and forced labor in Florida agriculture.
Most importantly, it offers ways to take action -- including a Recipe for Change National Day of Action on September 1, which promises to be huge -- to encourage supermarket leaders Publix, Kroger, and Ahold to do their part to eradicate modern-day slavery and the conditions of poverty and powerlessness that enable it to exist by joining the Fair Food Program. Read more and plan to take part!
International Day of Action at Chipotle a Success!
Don’t miss the news and photo essays from the wildly successful national day of action at Chipotle Mexican Grill that became an INTERNATIONAL day of action as consumers in London fanned out to Chipotle stores across “the pond.” You can encourage Chipotle to join the Fair Food Program by sending postcards (email Noelle Damico to order), dropping off a manager’s letter at your local Chipotle restaurant, and signing this online petition to Chipotle CEO Steve Ells. Read more about how Chipotle has tried to wiggle out of committing to the Fair Food Program. →
What about Kroger?
With nearly 2,500 stores in 31 states under two dozen banners and annual sales of more than $70 billion, Kroger supermarket and its brands ranks as one of the nation’s largest retailers. But for years, Kroger had steadfastly refused to join the Fair Food Program. This past June, over 75 fair food supporters rallied outside Kroger’s annual meeting. Read more about Kroger’s 2012 Annual Meeting including the rally, the shareholder resolution and Kroger CEO David Dillon’s response to the question “When will Kroger seize this opportunity to mitigate human rights abuses in its supply chain?”