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Victory for Farmworkers: Another Fair Food Agreement

Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Fresh Market grocery chain sign groundbreaking agreement.

Victory for Farmworkers: Another Fair Food Agreement
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In a big step for the Fair Food Program, the grocery retail chain The Fresh Market has signed a Fair Food agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program (FFP) is a unique partnership among farmers, farmworkers, and retail food companies that ensures humane wages and working conditions for the workers who pick fruits and vegetables on participating farms. This is the thirteenth Fair Food agreement with a major retail food corporation, and the fourth in the supermarket industry.

With this new partnership, Fresh Market will increase its purchases from the Fair Food Program by 15 percent. The chain has also agreed to make an annual contribution to the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party monitoring organization that oversees compliance with the Fair Food Program’s unique human rights standards.

“We continuously look for ways to source the best products, and being a part of the FFP helps us to know we are sourcing from growers whose practices are fair and socially responsible,” said Lee Arthur, The Fresh Market’s merchandising vice president.

“This agreement truly takes the Fair Food Program to a new level,” said the CIW’s Guadalupe Gonzalo. “The FFP is pioneering a new form of social responsibility, one in which we as workers ourselves take a leading role in protecting our own rights in the fields."

Congratulations also go to United Methodist Women, especially the Florida Conference, whose commitment to the CIW has been instrumental in achieving another victory for farmworkers. To read more about the Florida Conference’s support of the Fair Food Program, visit the CIW website.

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Posted or updated: 1/15/2015 11:00:00 PM
 
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Link opens in a new window.CIW and The Fresh Market joint press release
Link opens in a new window.The Fair Food Program
Link opens in a new window.Coalition of Immokalee Workers
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