SURVEY: Tell us about your local food co-op or independent grocer and if they might help support the award-winning Fair Food Program!

Remember life, and the Fair Food movement, before the pandemic?...  

Even if massive Fair Food marches may remain on hold while the nation fights COVID-19, you can still help support and expand the FFP's award-winning protections by calling on your local food co-op or independent grocery store to become a Fair Food Sponsor today!

While "normal life" for most of us has changed dramatically since the spring of 2020, the widespread abuse and exploitation of farmworkers in this country -- beyond the protections of the Fair Food Program -- has not.  That's why educating consumers about farmworkers' human rights and the lifesaving protections of the FFP remains as urgent as ever.  At the same time, unfortunately, the pandemic has significantly restricted the colorful, energetic activism that the Fair Food movement is known for, denying the movement a uniquely effective tool for both spreading the word about the FFP and expanding the Program to workers in new states and new crops.  

Yet, remarkably -- and thanks in no small part to the seemingly infinite creativity of the Fair Food Nation -- we have been able to maintain our momentum over the past year and a half, both expanding the Fair Food Program and keeping the pressure on Wendy's in the Campaign for Fair Food.  And in keeping with that wonderful spirit of creativity, we are excited to share today a new, hands-on way for you to support the expansion of the Fair Food Program and keep that momentum going without even leaving your own neighborhood.  

Your Local Co-Op or Independent Grocer Can Join the Fair Food Sponsor Program!

Today we’re launching a survey for supporters who shop at co-ops or local,  independent grocery stores to help us explore possibilities for expansion through the Fair Food Sponsor Program. 

Because the Fair Food Program leverages the industry-defining power of corporate buyers, smaller food retailers have often been left out of the equation.  Yet we know, from years of one-on-one conversations across the country, that many of our strongest supporters are also members of their local co-ops or regulars at their local independent, ethically-minded grocers.  The FFP Sponsor Program creates a new entry point for smaller retailers who may not command the same market power as Participating Buyers, but aspire to support ethical practices and to meet the expectations of a committed shopper base.

For each of those retailers, becoming a sponsor would empower them to directly support the FFP by committing to:

a) buy FFP produce when possible,

b) financially support both a pay bonus for farmworkers on FFP participating farms and the FFP’s gold standard monitoring and enforcement efforts, and,

c) engage in education and outreach with their members/shoppers about farmworkers’ human rights and the Fair Food Program. 

Thus far, the Park Slope Food Coop, Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op and Each Peach Market have been the first to join the Sponsor Program, and we know that there are countless members of the Fair Food Nation who have ideas about which co-ops and stores could, and should, be next!  For a sense of why ethical food retailers like the three pioneers above might consider becoming an FFP Sponsor, here's what the folks at the Park Slope Food Coop had to say about why they joined:

As one of the countrys leading local coop retail stores, the Park Slope Food Coop is proud to support the Fair Food Program. As our Mission Statement says, ‘We seek to avoid products that depend on the exploitation of others.’ Ethical production and sourcing are among our core values, and our membership has voted overwhelmingly to support the FFP – a first in the nation for a local retailer. The Fair Food Program embodies those values, ensuring that the food we buy each day to feed our families is harvested with dignity and respect for the women and men laboring in the fields.”

Think your own local co-op or independent grocer might like to join, too?  We’d love to hear what you think and get your ideas about who the next Fair Food Program Sponsor should be! 




Naples Daily News Highlights New FFP Heat Stress Standards in interview with CIW’s Cruz Salucio

September 8, 2021

Salucio: “The harsh reality is temperatures are rising and workers feel that and know it is happening” Naples Daily News article underscores the urgent need for enforceable, mandatory protections like those now made real by the Fair Food Program  Local article published on same day over 200 leading scientific and medical journals worldwide released unprecedented joint editorial calling rising temperatures “the greatest threat to global public health” Across the country, farmworkers continue to endure record-shattering heat in the fields with few enforceable protections.  And they are not alone.  Just this week, over 200 of the world’s leading scientific journals, including […]

RELEASED: 2021 Fair Food Program Report

September 2, 2021

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The time for waiting is over. The time for action is now.

August 27, 2021

Nearly a year has passed without justice for Nicolas Morales, gunned down by Collier County Sheriff’s deputy who remains on the job, and in our streets, today… Leaving bad police on the streets begets more police violence. Accountability for past violence isn’t just the right thing to do for those already victimized by police brutality, it prevents future abuse, too. Call to Action: Join us on September 17th at 3pm at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples to deliver a petition demanding justice for Nicolas and an end to police brutality for all of Collier County! This September 17th […]

“Waiting for El Colibrí”… Proceeds from new children’s book inspired by trip to Immokalee to benefit Fair Food movement!

August 24, 2021

Author and Ally Dr. Kerry Olitzky will donate proceeds from his new children’s book,Waiting for El Colibrí, available in both English and Spanish! For more than 30 years, the CIW has been fortunate to count a wide variety of exceptionally talented writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists among our ever-growing cadre of allies.  Their participation has contributed immeasurably to the extraordinary tradition of story-telling at the heart of the Fair Food movement.  We feel especially grateful when these talented people choose to lend their creative energies to special projects that bring attention to and support our work, projects often inspired by the direct […]

Relief from the Heat!…

August 20, 2021

Fair Food Program sets new, enforceable standards to protect farmworkers from heat stress in a warming world… New FFP standards require mandatory breaks, comprehensive training, and emergency response protocols on participating farms as summer season temperatures once again reach new all-time highs across the country. “Overheated, Underprotected: Climate Change Is Killing U.S. Farmworkers,” (Bloomberg, 8/12/21) “Biden administration, workers grapple with health threats posed by climate change and heat,” (Washington Post, 7/19/21) “Unsafe Workdays for Farmworkers Could Double by 2150,” (Modern Farmer, 5/6/20) “It’s official: July was the Earth’s hottest month on record,” (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 8/13/21) “Workers Are […]

VIDEO: The Power of Prevention

August 17, 2021

Today we’re excited to share a compelling new snapshot of the Fair Food Program. This short video explains how the CIW’s worker-led social responsibility model, together with the strong partnerships at the heart of the FFP, helped create and sustain unparalleled resilience for farmworkers and growers alike in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Since the founding of the FFP in 2011, workers and Participating Growers have been able to count on healthier workplaces, and Participating Buyers have been able to count on safer and more secure supply chains.  The pandemic was an unprecedented stress test for all of […]

“Hidden in Plain Sight: The Fair Food Programme as best practice for addressing forced labour”

August 5, 2021

  Researchers: “[Worker-driven Social Responsibility]… is already proving to be an adaptable and resilient model for addressing forced labour in supply chains.” “It is time to apply the lessons of a model that has been ‘right under our noses.’”     In an article for United Nations University publication “Delta 8.7” (the name is a reference to Target 8.7 of  the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at eradicating forced labor and human trafficking), Siobhán McGrath  and Fabiola Mieres offer the Fair Food Program as a guiding light and “best practice” for policymakers and companies seeking alternatives to CSR schemes that have repeatedly been shown […]

A tale of two police killings…

July 29, 2021

Two very similar killings at the hands of the police result in two very different findings on responsibility of police to de-escalate before using deadly force; Collier County Sheriff’s Office Professional Responsibility Bureau (PRB) Investigation into killing of Nicolas Morales, released last week, recommends “finding of exoneration.”  Report turns blind eye to deputies’ failure to de-escalate or recognize mental health crisis, deems brutal shooting and mauling “successful,” concludes use of deadly force “lawful, reasonable and within policy”;   Meanwhile, California District Attorney charges police officer in similar shooting death with felony manslaughter, calls shooting “unreasonable use of deadly force”; DA […]

SAVE THE DATE! 2021 Boycott Wendy’s Tour: “Essential Rights for Essential Workers”

July 26, 2021

Farmworker leaders hit the road for San Francisco, Columbus and New York City this fall for a series of educational events and actions in the Wendy’s Boycott in the “Essential Rights for Essential Farmworkers” Tour! As the Fair Food Program continues to grow and change the lives of more and more farmworkers in new states and new crops, including tomatoes in Tennessee and fresh-cut sunflowers in California, we have exciting news to share on the Wendy’s Boycott front!  This October and November, farmworker leaders from Immokalee will embark on a series of mini tours in three U.S. cities — San Francisco, […]

A (Great) Smoky Mountain Welcome

July 22, 2021

  Sunripe Certified Brands and hundreds of workers at Smoky Mountain Family Farms welcome the CIW Education Team to Tennessee! Sunripe CEO, Jon Esformes: “[CIW] is our partner in making sure that we’re meeting and exceeding the highest standards of compliance, not just with the law, but with our moral and ethical responsibility as human beings.” Tennessee farmworker: “Thank you for working to make sure that we are taken care of.”  On Monday, the CIW Education Team touched down in Tennessee for the first Fair Food Program worker-to-worker education sessions in the state.  Nestled among the hills and valleys of […]