An investment in food security programs can have a significant and lasting impact on
millions of people who depend on coffee for their livelihoods.
Coffee collaborations are a powerful force. We’ve built partnerships with amazing coffee companies, from small retailers to large roasters and importers. Together, we’re working to address food insecurity in coffee-farming communities, so that all members of our industry can thrive. Coffee is one of the most highly traded agricultural commodities in the world. Annually, the value of coffee sales exceeds $85 billion, with coffee employing over 125 million people worldwide. Investing in food security programs in coffee-producing communities can have a real, significant and lasting impact on the people who depend on coffee for their livelihoods – and their communities. Here are some of the people and companies who are making this work possible.
San Francisco-based Philz Coffee is putting farmers front and center, by donating 4 1/2 cents from every pound of coffee it buys to Food 4 Farmers. This commitment at the highest level will have a direct, long-term, positive impact on thousands of coffee farming families across Latin America, ensuring that they have the resources they need to supplement their income and access or grow fresh, nutritious food.
Our friends at Brio wanted to give back to the communities where they buy coffee. So, they’re donating $1 per pound of their delicious Chiapas coffee to Food 4 Farmers. We’re investing that donation in the community, by helping the Cesmach coffee cooperative acquire beekeeping supplies for coffee farmers we’re training to become successful commercial beekeepers. As important, customers who buy Brio’s coffee are learning about the challenges coffee farmers face, and our work helping them address those challenges.
InterAmerican has been a wonderful partner since our early days. InterAmerican’s Kayd Whalen is our Board Vice Chair, and a fantastic advocate and ambassador for Food 4 Farmers’ mission to help coffee-farming families improve their livelihoods and nutrition. Along with supporting our organization as we grow, InterAmerican is providing financial support for the Maya Ixil coffee cooperative in Guatemala, where we’re working with 190 coffee-farming families to help them build new beekeeping businesses that will deliver reliable supplemental income and replace processed sugars with healthy honey.
Uncommon Grounds is a popular roaster-retailer in Burlington, Vermont that sells burlap coffee bags, donates the proceeds to support our food security programs, and matches those customer donations. UG also hosts some very cool events to support our work throughout Latin America.
Camano Island Coffee Roasters
Camano Island is helping coffee farmers build successful supplemental businesses. A portion of their Coffee Lovers Club sales support two communities: Nuevo Futuro, which is starting chicken and egg production to help families increase and diversify their income and improve nutrition; and Maya Ixil, which is using beekeeping to build thriving small businesses for coffee farmers.
At the Specialty Coffee Association of America Expo, Fairtrade America hosted a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream social to raise funds for Food 4 Farmers, and awareness about our work.