Organic & Fair Trade Fundraising

While reading the current issue of Mothering magazine, i came across the Equal Exchange Fairly Traded red & white logo that always has a Pavlovian affect on me.  I’m not a chocoholic, but when a chocolate craving hits, not just any chocolate will do.  I have a special place in my heart for the Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds, made with organic almonds & 55% cacao it makes me very happy.  The write up mentioned that aside from making great chocolate treats, Equal Exchange has a fund raising program that supports small sustainable farms.

What a great alternative to the usual fund raising fare.  For as long as I can remember, fund raising time meant selling friends & family unhealthy, overpriced, often imported edibles and knick knacks they didn’t want or need.  No longer do parents have to endure the mixed feelings that accompany fundraisers.  While helping schools/organizations raise funds Equal Exchange offers quality organic and fair traded coffee, tea, cocoa, snacks & gifts and gives back to farmers & artisans in Latin America and here in the US.

Perhaps the best part is the big impact small changes like this have on our children.  What a great way to demonstrate how important each individual’s buying decisions can be; it’s the butterfly effect explained through chocolate – how beautiful!  Equal Exchange is a worker owned cooperative that works with other cooperatives throughout the Americas and is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.

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