...from field to fork - fairly and justly.

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  • AWARDS / RECOGNITION:
2015 CBS Sunday Morning documentary showcase subject
2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Special Documentary

2015 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts Combatting Modern-Day Slavery

2014 "Food Chains" documentary film subject

2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award, Clinton Global Initiative

2013 United Nations Global Compact recognition of CIW's ground-breaking work

2013 Presidential Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships recognition, White House

2013 Freedom from Want Medal, Franklin D. Roosevelt Institute

2012 Food Sovereignty Award Honoree, WhyHunger

2011 Future of Food Conference Participants

2010 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award, U.S. Department of State

2010 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award, Center for Peace & Justice Education at Villanova University

2010 People of the Year Award, Fort Myers News-Press

2009 Benny Award, Business Ethics Network

2008 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award, Catholic Campaign for Human Development

2007 Anti-Slavery International of London Award (world's oldest human rights organization)

2006 Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, Freedom Network USA

2005 Letter of Commendation from F.B.I Director Robert Mueller

2005 Benny Award, Business Ethics Network

2005 Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award, World Hunger Year

2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights

2000 Women of Courage Award, National Organization of Women (NOW)

1999 Grand Prize Brick Award, Rolling Stone magazine

1998 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Fair Food FAQ's

QDoes the Fair Food Program cover all farmworkers harvesting Florida tomatoes or just the CIW members?

A.  Nearly all of the members of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange – representing over 90% of the industry – are participating in the FFP. Therefore, all farmworkers harvesting Florida tomatoes for those growers are covered under the Fair Food Program. These growers employ approximately 30,000 workers at any given moment during the season and, due to high turnover, between 80,000 and 100,000 workers over the course of a season.

Q.  How does the FFP Premium paid by participating corporate purchasers reach the farmworkers?

A.  The Fair Food Program Premium is passed down along the supply chain – from the retail level to the grower
level – and ultimately is added as a bonus to workers’ paychecks as part of the grower's regular payroll process.
The FFP bonus is clearly marked as a separate line item on the worker's paystub.
Over $4 million in FFP Premiums have been paid out since January 2011. These payments are ongoing, and as
more buyers join the program as a result of the Campaign for Fair Food, the bonuses workers receive will grow
commensurately. The FFP Premium payment mechanism for buyers varies. Some have elected to fold the FFP
Premiums into the final price they pay for their produce, akin to fair trade premiums, while other buyers issue
separate checks directly to participating Florida tomato growers that reflect the amount and variety of tomatoes
purchased.

Q.  Are the Fair Food Program agreements legally binding?

A.  Yes, the Fair Food agreements -– between the CIW and retailers, and the CIW and growers – are legally
enforceable by the CIW.

Q. Are the farmworkers you are supporting and talking about U.S. citizens?

A. Yes, some of the farmworkers are U.S. citizens but most of them in Florida are Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants; however, this does not change or alter in any way TCFF’s mission, vision or goals as clearly stated on the “ABOUT” page of our website.  No matter the farmworkers’ citizenship or immigration status, we work toward ensuring they are treated with justice and fairness – preserving their human dignity and protecting their basic human rights.

Q.  How will the proposed immigration reform legislation, should it be passed, affect your efforts?

A.  Although this is an important aspect overall, again the immigration reforms do not change or alter in any way, the work of TCFF which is to educate others about improving human rights, justice and fairness for farmworkers growing and harvesting the food on our tables, advocating CIW’s work to implement the FFP, and choosing social responsibility and sustainability in our practices and production in our food chain at all levels of agri-business and our food industry.