You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy (Deuteronomy 24:14)
Food, and how it is brought to our tables, is a critical issue of justice in our community. The bounty of the earth is a gift from God to all people. Yet food, and the process of its production, has become an industry of exploitation. People of faith are joining the struggle to ensure that God’s bounty is distribute with fairness and integrity. Whether it be Farm Workers, who pluck the fruit from the vine, Grocery Workers who prepare it for retail and sell it to our communities, or Food Service workers who feed students, employees and customers, the care and production of food should be just. High labor standards and community access should be priorities. Food deserts in our most impoverished communities should be confronted. And companies—like the growers and the grocery stores in our midst, who would choose to exploit both their workers and the communities they purport to serve should be held accountable in strategic ways. CLUE LA challenges growers to provide safe working conditions, major grocery store chains to develop quality stores with neighborhood input in underserved communities, and for the food service industry to treat its workers with the respect and dignity they deserve.