Over the past year, the Fair Food Program, the fruit of determined decades of the Campaign for Fair Food – people of faith, students, and community groups working with farmworkers toward their vision of dignified work in the fields and a more just world for all – has been recognized around the country and the world for its groundbreaking success.
As the year closes, please consider donating to Interfaith Action to support us in partnering with farmworkers to continue the transformational changes taking root the fields!
In October, the CIW was awarded the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom from Want medal for “creating a sustainable blueprint for worker-driven corporate social responsibility, winning fairer wages; work with dignity; and freedom from forced labor, sexual harassment and violence in the workplace for nearly 100,000 workers.” In September, the CIW was invited to the White House to address anti-slavery leaders from around the country, and in December to the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
These accolades recognize the transformative power the Fair Food Program is having in farmworkers’ lives across Florida, where now at 90% of tomato farms, there is a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and slavery and farmworkers have the right to report abuse without fear of retaliation, to have access to shade, water and rest breaks, and to work free from discrimination and grave health and safety dangers.
While these changes are real, we know that there is still much work to do to expand and cement them even further by bringing more buyers into the Fair Food Program partnership. This is why over the past year, together we have created many a powerful witness in the Campaign for Fair Food. Together with farmworkers, we:
marched 200 miles to Publix’s headquarters.
sojourned around the Southeast on the Publix Truth Tour where the grocery giant is expanding.
launched the campaign to call on Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program, including actions outside their shareholder meeting in May, during Founder’s Week, Human Rights Shabbat, and the Wendy’s flagship restaurant opening near HQ in Ohio, to name a few.
The continued support of allies in the Campaign for Fair Food is vital; it is part of making the groundbreaking changes we are seeing real, and it is necessary to continue rooting out the injustice that is perpetuated by buyers like Publix and Wendy’s who continue to deny the opportunity to join the Fair Food Program. As a small, grassroots organization, Interfaith Action depends on your financial support — please consider making a tax-deductible gift to fuel this work forward in the coming year!
As we continue to bear witness to the changes taking root across the fields of Florida, we look forward to continuing to work together with you and farmworkers to create a fully transformed agricultural industry.
Claire & Elena
Interfaith Action of SW Florida
People of faith partnering with farmworkers to cultivate justice in the fields