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The Fair Food Program

Farmworkers in a field

Farmworkers harvesting tomatoes in Florida. Photo courtesy of Scott Robertson.

Fair Food Program is a unique farmworker- and consumer-driven initiative consisting of a:

  • Wage increase supported by a price premium paid by corporate purchasers of Florida tomatoes;
  • Human-rights-based Code of Conduct, applicable throughout the Florida tomato industry.

The price premium and the Code of Conduct, which were developed by tomato workers, growers, and corporate buyers, form the foundation for a new model of social accountability.  Frequently Asked Questions on the Fair Food Program.

Currently 14 corporate buyers and members of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange which represents 90% of the state’s tomato growers are participating in the Fair Food program.  Participating buyers are:

  • Fast-Food:  Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut), McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Foodservice:  Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, Bon Appetit Management Company
  • Grocery:  Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Ahold USA, Fresh Market



Why is the PC(USA) involved in the Campaign for Fair Food?  Because “God sends the church in the power of the Holy Spirit to share with Christ in establishing God’s just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world.”  (The Book of Order, W-7.4001) 

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The “Now is the Time” Tour came to a dramatic close as over 1,000 people gathered in Lakeland to complete the 10-city tour and 24-hour vigil. Read more
Nely Rodriguez and Gerardo Reyes Chavez accept the Roosevelt Institute's Freedom From Want Award on behalf of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on October 16th in New York City. Read more
Presbyterians, including the fabulous crew from Columbia Theological Seminary, form the backbone of CIW's Southeast Publix Tour as hundreds of people urge Publix Supermarkets to join the Fair Food Program! Read the day by day account 
United Nation's Working Group on Business and Human Rights "Impressed" by Fair Food Program; says "merits are clear for workers, business" Read More
CIW, PC(USA) and fair food supporters urge Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program inside and outside the company's annual meeting. Read More
Andres Cediel, PBS Frontline producer, speaks with NPR about the Fair Food Program's successful approach to combatting farmworker sexual harassment and watch the PBS Frontline special. Read More
"My church introduced me to the CIW, but I truly got involved in CIW issues through Boone High School’s Social Justice Club." Read more of Alex's story here.
The Three Founding Myths of Corporate-Led Social Responsibility and why Ahold Should Join the Fair Food Program: Myth 1, Myth 2, Myth 3 
White House Recognizes CIW's Fair Food Program  Read more
Over 1500 people joined the CIW outside of Publix Supermarket headquarters in Lakeland, the culmination of CIW's 200 mile march, to urge Publix to join the Fair Food Program. Read more
October 4, 2012: Chipotle becomes the 11th company to join the Fair Food Program. Read more →
Faith Moves Mountains Campaign
Video, resources and more to invite families and congregations to pray for Publix to work with CIW. Read more
Vigilance ensures the Fair Food Program is working: Learn about the advances the Fair Food Program is making and how it’s monitored by the FFSC. Read more


  • Thanks..for making the right moves..Trader Joe's! by JoEllen O'Neal on 02/10/2012 at 5:02 p.m.

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