We know chocolate is a good cure for the blues…Today, costumed kids and adults in in 300 cities across America, including Baristaville are treating neighbors to Fair Trade dark chocolate in the name of a good cause.
The reverse trick-or-treat Halloween program is an outreach effort to educate consumers about problems of chronic poverty in cocoa-growing communities, abysmal working conditions, and the use of exploited child labor in the Ivory Coast √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú which produces 40% of the world√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s cocoa.
In Baristaville, the effort is spearheaded by Fair Trade advocates, Grace Grund and Stephanie Sheerin organizing groups of children from Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley, Maplewood and Bloomfield, including students from the Montclair High School Fair Trade Club and members of the Park United Methodist Church Youth Group.
“It’s wonderful to be working with teens, committed to this cause, and concerned about globalization issues, child labor, and poverty. The kids are impressive, eloquent, and fierce,” says Sheerin. It’s the first year of the program. From the ReverseTrickorTreat.org press release:
The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture for USAID estimates 284,000 children work in abusive child labor conditions on cocoa farms in West Africa, the world√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s largest cocoa producer, and that 64% of those children are under 14 years old.
The Fair Trade chocolate is provided by Equal Exchange, a full service provider of high quality, organic coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and healthy snacks to grocery stores, restaurants and places of worship nationwide.
For more info, contact Stephanie Sheerin: firstname.lastname@example.org