Your morning coffee tastes good – but does it also do good? What if every cup you drank could support small organic farmers who respect the environment, rather than industrialized agribusiness that relies on exploited labor and harmful chemicals?
This is the question that the founders of Equal Exchange set out to answer when they began in 1986. Equal Exchange is a worker-owned, fair-trade food company with which the UUSC collaborates – particularly through the UUSC coffee project – to support small farmers throughout the world. In addition to supporting the farmer coops that supply Equal Exchange’s products, UUSC uses the Small Farmer Fund to partner with other cooperatives that build sustainable livelihoods and advance human rights – particularly the rights of women, youth and indigenous peoples.
Every fall the Guest At Your Table project asks you to contribute to the work of the UUSC. The Coffee Project is a way to continue your support all year round. Did you know that our congregation has been honored as being in the top 5% of congregations supporting Equal Exchange? Put your Unitarian-Universalist values to work at your breakfast table. Visit Steve Marek’s table in the Parish Hall during coffee hour most Sundays and take home some Fair Trade coffee, tea or chocolate.
And it’s not too late to take home some local honey from Doyle’s hives. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to UUSC. Finally, please mark November 19 on your calendar. That’s the day we’ll Set the Table with our GAYT boxes.