Breaking: Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op is the Next Fair Food Sponsor!



We’re thrilled to announce that our next Fair Food Sponsor is the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op! See our official joint announcement below: 

Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op to become Maryland’s first Fair Food Sponsor, marking landmark commitment to farmworkers’ human rights

The beloved neighborhood institution will support CIW’s Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program, which combats forced labor, sexual violence, and other human rights violations in U.S. agriculture


TAKOMA PARK, MD – On February 1, the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op (TPSS) and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will launch a partnership to support the award-winning Fair Food Program (FFP), a worker-driven human rights initiative ensuring basic protections for tens of thousands of farmworkers along the East Coast.

“Consumers who support their local co-op are some of the most conscious consumers in the country,” said Gerardo Reyes of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.  “The sponsorship agreement with Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op is an important, concrete new way for consumers to support workers’ rights and buy more ethical food.  We are happy to welcome TPSS and its members into the Fair Food movement.”

In line with its commitment to prioritizing suppliers that provide safe and fair working conditions, TPSS will contribute a portion of its sales of Fair Food Program certified produce. This contribution will help fund both wage bonuses to farmworkers in the FFP, and comprehensive monitoring and oversight via the independent Fair Food Standards Council. TPSS will also integrate education about farmworker rights and the FFP into its ongoing member engagement work.

“A key part of our mission is to prioritize social responsibility in the products we stock,” said Mike Houston, General Manager for TPSS. “Becoming a Sponsor of the Fair Food Program is an opportunity to put that mission into practice by supporting farmworker rights in a unique, tangible way. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our members yet another way to live their values.” 

The Fair Food Program was named one of the Harvard Business Review’s 15 “most important social-impact stories of the past century,” and was called “the best workplace monitoring program in the U.S.” on the front page of the New York Times. It provides strict protections for tens of thousands of farmworkers along the East Coast who harvest tomatoes sold at TPSS.

TPSS is the second co-op, after the Park Slope Food Co-Op in New York City, to join the newly created Fair Food Sponsor Program. The Sponsor program was created in order to allow progressive co-ops, small independent grocers, and individual restaurants and chefs to join the Fair Food Program, which, until now, has only focused on large-scale buyers of produce.


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