Buy Chocolate, Help Farmers, Agency Says

March 26, 2009

NEW YORK (UMNS) - When June Kim says she'd like everyone to buy a ton of chocolate for Easter, she isn't kidding. But she is very specific about the type of chocolate it should be. Kim is in charge of the yearlong 100-Ton Challenge of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which ends on May 9, World Fair Trade Day. The challenge was started to increase awareness of fair trade, which helps small farmers and their communities - mostly in Latin America, Africa, and Asia - and the UMCOR Coffee Project with Equal Exchange. Fifteen cents of every pound of product sold through the project supports farmers through UMCOR's Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program.

More information about the 100-Ton Challenge and ordering instructions can be found on
UMCOR's website.