Kauai Coffee Fair Trade Committee Distributes Over $78,000 to Support Local Organizations

Kauai Coffee Fair Trade Committee Distributes Over $78,000 to Support Local Organizations

Kauai Coffee is proud to announce the distribution of more than $78,000 in Fair Trade premium funds to local organizations across Kauai. This year, the Kauai Coffee Fair Trade Committee has continued its commitment to empowering and enriching the community by supporting a diverse range of local initiatives and organizations.

A vital aspect of Kauai Coffee's Fair Trade certification is the distribution of Community Development Funds. These funds are generated through a small premium paid by buyers of Fair Trade-certified products. The premium is then invested into a Community Development Fund managed and owned by Kauai Coffee employees.

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Photos: Kauai Independent Food Bank

"The idea is to empower employees to use the development funds to address their families' and surrounding communities' most pressing needs, such as childcare, community infrastructure, education, food security, health & sanitation, health services, housing, other community services," said Emma Shinsky, Sales and Marketing Coordinator and Fair Trade Committee President. “This year, recipients were chosen via an application review process conducted by the committee and voted on by all non-management members of Kauai Coffee Company. We are so grateful to the numerous applicants and everything they are doing for the Kauai community,” she continued.

By distributing these funds to local organizations, Kauai Coffee aims to make a positive impact on the lives of Kauai residents and to support the efforts of organizations that are making a difference in the community.

This year's recipients include:

  • Neighborhood Housing Community Development Corporation
  • Kauai High Raiders Café
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Kumano I Ke Ala O Makaweli
  • Hale Opio Kauai Inc.
  • Kauai Northshore Food Pantry
  • The Koloa Early School
  • The Kekahu Foundation
  • Kauai Independent Food Bank
  • Life's Bridges Hawaii
  • YWCA Kauai
  • Hawaii Children's Theater
  • Malama Kauai
  • West Kauai Heritage Center
  • Ohana Christian Fellowship
  • The Waipa Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • Catholic Charities
  • Kumu Cupboard
  • Kauai Economic Opportunity Inc.
  • Child Family Services
  • St. Teresa School
  • Ho'omalu Ke Kai

The total donations amount to $78,850, with an additional $2,000 dedicated to scholarship awards.

Boys and Girls Club Students Enjoying the Outdoors

Photos: Boys and Girls Club

"The Kauai Coffee Fair Trade Committee is thrilled to support these remarkable organizations that contribute so much to our island community," said Shinsky. "By distributing these Fair Trade premium funds, we are able to give back to the community that has supported us for so many years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact these contributions will have."

The Kauai Coffee Fair Trade Committee's efforts reflect the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Through the Fair Trade certification, Kauai Coffee not only ensures fair wages and safe working conditions for its farmers but also reinvests in the local community, helping to foster development and growth.

About Kauai Coffee

Kauai Coffee is Hawaii's largest coffee grower and the leading producer of Hawaiian coffee. With a commitment to sustainability, quality, and community, Kauai Coffee offers a variety of premium coffee products that are enjoyed by customers worldwide. The company's Fair Trade certification underscores its dedication to ethical business practices and community development.

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