Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coffee Impact

Fair Trade is supported by several companies and churches in Bridgewater. A lot of the energy has also come from students at Bridgewater State University. Above, members of BSU's Social Justice League pose with Gary Corseri, a manager for Sodexo, the university's food-service vendor, during discussions about the expansion of fair-trade food and beverages on campus. So far, that campaign has led to the expansion of fair trade coffee to two dining halls and one coffee shop on campus, and to its availability through campus catering.

Both Sodexo and the students realize that a lot remains to be done, but progress to date has been substantial, and led to SJL winning an Impact Award for the Student Affairs Division for the 2009-2010 academic year.

If BSU wins formal designation as a Fair Trade Campus, it will be a significant step toward Fair Trade Town status for Bridgewater itself.