CSJ Staff Promotes Fair Trade Foods at Conference

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Equal Exchange

Carondelet Motherhouse Dining Services staff members Jeanette Jamerison and Scott Hark tell about Equal Exchange's products and opportunities.

For many years, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province have built a longstanding relationship with Equal Exchange, a for-profit Fairtrade worker-owned, cooperative that distributes organic, gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and chocolate bars produced by farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia, by selling EE’s Fair Trade coffees and chocolates at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse. The motherhouse dining services also use these products in their kitchen and are always ready to expand their Fair Trade ingredients when possible.

Because of this long-term partnership, St. Louis motherhouse staff members Anna Sandidge, justice coordinator, and Scott Hark, director of food service, were asked to represent Equal Exchange and promote their Fair Trade products at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in St. Louis May 15-17.

Sandidge and Hark, along with two other members of the dining services staff, met with science and math teachers during the conference’s trade show, handed out free chocolate samples and spread the good news of Fair Trade options as well as fundraising opportunities for schools, parishes and groups.

By selling Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and many more great items, groups can earn 40 percent of the profits for their organization and 60 percent profit goes back to the farmers and worker owned co-ops.

Equal Exchanges’ business model reinforces what the CSJs know in their hearts, together…we are more.

To learn more about purchasing Fair Trade products and/or fundraising opportunities, contact Sandidge at 314-678-0317 or asandidge@csjsl.org.

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