Despite the economic downturn, the United Church of Christ Coffee Project held its own in 2009. It is amazing when you think about it. Members of UCC congregations drank or purchased over three tons of fairly traded coffee, nearly half a ton of tea, and over 1.5 tons of cocoa. Our members ate 3 tons of chocolate and more than 1.5 tons of other snacks including nuts and dried cranberries. Total volume of these Fair Trade certified products purchased through the UCC Coffee Project in 2009 was 73,421 pounds, nearly 37 tons.
Participation by UCC congregations increased significantly in 2009, with 83 congregations joining the UCC Coffee Project for the first time. This means that since the project was launched in 2004, 1,217 UCC congregations have participated.
Coffee drinkers: Equal Exchange is now packaging coffee in a beautiful, bright red bag.
The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries is not alone as an active participant in the Equal Exchange Interfaith Program. Eleven other faith communities who now partner with Equal Exchange are: American Friends Service Committee, American Jewish World Service, Catholic Relief Services, Church of the Brethren, Disciples of Christ, Islamic Relief USA, Lutheran World Relief, Mennonite Central Committee US, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Committee on Relief, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.