Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:14PM
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UUSC Coffee Project:  Linking UUs with small farmers and their families through fair trade

The UUSC Coffee Project is a collaboration between UUSC and Equal Exchange (retail link), a worker-owned, fair trade company based in West Bridgewater, Mass.

Through the Coffee Project, UUSC supporters can buy 100% fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate, and other tasty treats individually or in bulk for personal use or in congregations, schools, and communities!

No membership is required to purchase at Equal Exchange.  The shop is open to all!

Equal Exchange sources these goods directly from farmer cooperatives, following the standards and principles of fair trade on 100 percent of its products. This ensures that farmers earn a fair price for their crops, allowing them to better meet their families' basic needs for food, education, and health care — and their long-term security.

In 2010 alone, UUs purchased 39 tons of small-farmer products through the UUSC Coffee Project. For every pound of Equal Exchange products you purchase through the UUSC Coffee Project, Equal Exchange donates 20 cents to the UUSC Small Farmer Fund, totaling around $17,000 a year. UUs have the highest participation rate of any denomination in Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program - over 650 UU congregations participate!

Article originally appeared on Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, La Crescenta, CA (http://www.uuverdugo.org/).
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