What is the food service industry waiting for?
Students demand Aramark, Sodexo and Compass to do their part to end the human rights crisis in Florida’s fields… it’s time to ‘Dine with Dignity’!
From our college and university dining halls to the sweltering fields of Florida, multinational food service provider corporations such as Aramark, Sodexo and Compass — who hold lucrative contracts with our schools to deliver and serve the food we eat every day — must take responsibility for the dismal conditions in which their tomatoes are harvested.
Without question, the Campaign for Fair Food is slowly changing the reality in the fields. Yet, after eight years of our campaign, seven high-profile farmworker slavery cases since 1997, and five of the world’s leading food retailers having agreed to work with the CIW to improve conditions in the fields, Aramark, Sodexo and Compass continue to stand on the sidelines, arms crossed.
Today, students across the country are asking: What is the food service provider industry waiting for? Another slavery sentencing in the federal courts? 30 more years of stagnant wages? But we are prepared to do more than just ask. We stand poised to take action, and know that in the months ahead more will join the campaign.
Today, we embark on a new chapter in a story whose first lines were written 15 years ago by workers in a dusty, forgotten corner of Florida, a story now known the world over. And although we know how this chapter will end, one question lingers. To all our fellow students, friends, and neighbors who dare to dream of a better world: what will your part be in writing this story?
Ready to bring the campaign to your campus? Click here to join SFA’s new ‘Dine with Dignity‘ food service campaign!