Food Chains launches on November 21!
Join the Fair Food Nation.
Of the five largest fast food corporations in the country — McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Taco Bell (Yum! Brands) and Wendy’s — Wendy’s stands alone as the only one who has refused to join the Fair Food Program and respect the rights and dignity of farmworkers in its supply chain.
Florida-based Publix — one of the largest supermarket corporations in the country, whose purchasing power could strengthen the historic changes underway in Florida’s fields — has instead unconscionably refused to join the Fair Food Program for more than five years.
Wendy's: Old-fashioned Exploitation
Wendy’s is one of the largest buyers of tomatoes in the restaurant industry, an industry that for decades purchased cheap tomatoes whose harvest relied on the exploitation of workers. Given its market power, Wendy’s has not only an opportunity, but an obligation to work with the tomato industry to be part of the solution to Florida’s longstanding history of farmworker abuse and poverty: the Fair Food Program.
Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick was the President of Taco Bell in 2005 when the chain became the first corporation to sign a Fair Food Agreement, and stated in a joint press release announcing it, “We are willing to play a leadership role within our industry to be part of the solution,” and added, "We hope others in the restaurant industry and supermarket retail trade will follow our leadership.” Eight years later, and now with 12 total corporations and the vast majority of the Florida tomato industry on board, Wendy’s under Brolick’s leadership has refused to sign an agreement.
Let Emil Brolick know you want Wendy's to get with the Fair Food Program!
Download a letter and deliver it to your local Wendy's manager!
Publix: End the Poverty
Publix – Florida's hometown grocer – has for several years stubbornly refused to join this promising new partnership and to do its part to help improve the lives of the farmworkers who pick its tomatoes. Besides being rooted in Florida, and purchasing a tremendous volume of tomatoes from the local industry, Publix is the 8th largest privately-owned corporation in the U.S., with supermarkets across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas. It is high time for Publix to come to the table with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and join the Fair Food Program!
Let @Publix know the #FairFoodNation wants them to join @FairFoodProgram!
Download a letter and deliver it to your local Publix manager!