FGCU's food provider signs agreement to pay farmworkers more for tomatoes

— Aramark, FGCU's exclusive on-campus food provider, has signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee workers that requires the corporation to address the wages and working conditions of local area farmworkers.

By signing this agreement, Aramark will join a growing list of food industry corporations that are a part of the CIW's "Campaign for Fair Food." Burger King, Taco Bell and McDonald's are among the companies that have already signed.

The Campaign is part of a local grassroots movement to change the way the tomato industry treats farmworkers and to increase their "sub-poverty wages," which the CIW claims have remained stagnant for more than 30 years.

As part of the agreement, Aramark will follow a CIW-created supplier code of conduct and will pay a 1.5 cent "premium" for every pound of tomatoes they purchase, according to a joint press release.

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