We give thanks for the United Church of Christ Coffee Project, a way that UCC congregations join hands with communities in the developing world. Through the project, coffee farmers and their families gain control over their lives, earn a fairer share of income, have access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, a fair trade organization called Equal Exchange.
And, through the project, members of our congregations learn about consumption habits that support small scale farmers and workers throughout the world and encourage careful stewardship of God's creation. At fellowship hour, our congregations take action in a spirit of love.
Participants in the UCC Coffee Project drink coffee, tea, cocoa, and purchase chocolate and nut and fruit snacks for justice. Does this project operate on a scale that can really make a difference? Well… in 2007, the UCC Coffee project sold 68,825 pounds (34.4 tons) of fairly traded coffee, tea, and food products, an increase of 19 percent from 2006. The bulk of that, over 57,000 pounds, was fairly traded coffee.
Our partner, Equal Exchange, donates 15 cents for each pound purchased to the UCC Small Farmer Fund, money being used today to help farmers in Kona, Hawaii form a fair-trade-certified coffee cooperative.
We give thanks for the more than seven hundred UCC congregations who have supported global economic justice when they placed over three thousand orders through the UCC Coffee Project during 2007.