New Federal School Fundraising Rules & Fair Trade Solutions

27 August

Last year, new federal rules on school fundraisers and snacks went into effect nationwide. These guidelines regulate the food available to kids throughout the school day, from the cafeteria to the vending machines. This includes – you guessed it – food fundraisers like bake sales and candy bar sales. The goal is…

6 Ways To Promote Your Fundraiser At Back-To-School Night

26 August

How many families participated in your last catalog fundraiser? If you’re like most communities, participation probably ranged from 20-50%. It’s disappointing when you work hard to run a school fundraiser and don’t see the support you expected. Sometimes this happens because parents get sidetracked or feel…

An Appreciation Of The Pope’s Encyclical Letter On The Environment

26 June

There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to…

Visiting A Primary Co-Op In Nicaragua

12 June

A conversation with Jose Alfredo Lovo Variegas, from a 2015 Equal Exchange delegation to Nicaragua. In Dipilto, Nicaragua, a small community sits nested in the mountains right on the border of Honduras. Houses perch on the mountainside along steep roads cut with deep grooves for traction, and mist hangs in…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 3: Distributing Orders

07 May

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 2: Collecting Orders Your fundraiser is almost finished! You’ve done a great job promoting, selling and collecting orders. Now it’s time to wrap up and distribute all those Fair Trade goodies. You…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 2: Collecting Orders

14 April

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 3: Distributing Orders After the hustle of promoting your school-wide fundraiser and gathering support from your community comes the daunting task of collecting those order forms. The trick to mastering this step is…

Our Journey To PRODECOOP, Nicaragua

16 March

In January 2015, I had the extraordinary privilege of joining an Equal Exchange/PCUSA delegation to Nicaragua. These delegations connect supporters of Fair Trade, and Equal Exchange employees like me, with the people and places that make our products possible. Traveling to this new country, meeting farmers and seeing the…

Chai-Spiced Hot Cocoa

16 February

Ingredients 2 cups milk of your choice 2 Tbsp Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa 2 Tbsp granulated sugar Dash of cardamom Dash of ground ginger Dash of allspice Dash of ground cloves Dash of cinnamon Directions Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir consistently over low heat for several…

Our Cocoa Story: Big Change In The Dominican Republic

16 February

From decadent cookies to hot chocolate to the perfect mocha, there are lots of reasons to love our rich and flavorful organic cocoa. But what’s the best thing about our cocoa? It’s the story–about farmer ownership, empowerment and an evolving supply chain. Shop Fair Trade Cocoa &gt…