Order fair trade holiday gifts for 2021

October 21, 2021

For many years now, Foundry has sponsored Advent season sales of fairly-traded coffee, tea, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, and Palestinian olive oil from Equal Exchange (a cooperative partnering with interfaith groups such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief). 

Foundry members have found this to be handy for Christmas gifts as well as an easy way to engage in social and racial justice through our purchasing choices. This year, because of the COVID pandemic, which has been especially hard on the small and poor farmers from whom Equal Exchange buys, our Christmas sales will have to remain “virtual.” 


Here’s how it will work:

1.   Foundry folk will select what they would like to buy from the following list of products* and e-mail their orders to Margie McKelvey at margaret_mckelvey@yahoo.com. The deadline for placing your order is November 18.

2.   Margie and Chris Matthews will purchase the products in bulk at wholesale prices (a significant savings compared to grocery store prices for the same items). 

3.   Margie and Chris will package up the individual orders and deliver them to your home via a no contact delivery, or you may pick up you orders in early December between services on the Foundry Plaza.

4.   You will mail Margie a check (made out to Margie McKelvey) for the amount of your order, using an envelope provided with your order upon delivery. This will streamline the payment process since Foundry finance staff cannot take payments at the church.


We ask that you order more than one single item to make delivery more efficient.  



• Organic breakfast blend - $6.40 for 12oz package - specify ground or whole bean

• Organic breakfast blend - 5lbs whole bean - $45

• Organic French roast - $6.90 for 10oz package - specify ground or whole bean

• Organic French roast - 5lbs whole bean - $45

• Organic Decaf - $7.90 for 12oz package - specify ground or whole bean


Chocolate bars - $2.46 per bar

• Organic Panama Extra Dark (80% cacao)

• Organic Dark Chocolate Mint (67% cacao)

• Organic Dark Chocolate Orange (65% cacao)

• Organic Dark Chocolate Lemon/Ginger/Pepper (55% cacao)

• Organic Dark Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt (55% cacao)

• Organic Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt (43% cacao)


Extra Virgin Olive Oil - $12.50 per 500 ml bottle


Palestinian Medjool Dates - $11.80 per 17.6 oz package 


Georgia Pecans from Black farmers - $7.25 per 10 oz package


Other Equal Exchange products are available, including other coffees and chocolate bars, various teas, cocoa, dried fruit, nuts, spices, and pasta, if you are willing to order a full case or can split a case with someone else.  E-mail Margie if you are interested in any of these.



Practicing social and racial justice by buying fairly-traded coffee and other products is not just a Christmas-time activity.  A number of Foundry folk have participated this past year in an informal “buying club” to purchase at wholesale prices from Equal Exchange year round.  Individuals’ orders vary by product and quantity from order to order as long as all of the orders together amount to a whole case of each product. Payment and distribution is the same as for the Christmas sale.  E-mail Margie if you are interested.



Fair Trade is a way of doing business that ultimately aims to do justice — to advance economic, social, and environmental goals such as raising/stabilizing the incomes of small-scale farmers, farm workers, and artisans, and promoting safe and sustainable farming methods and working conditions. Such goals may be even more important now as climate change is forcing some people to migrate and the COVID pandemic has both disrupted trade, increasing hardship for small farmers, and demonstrated how inter-connected we all are. 


A particular concern is the exploitation of child labor in producing cocoa for 

chocolate. According to the US Department of Labor, more than 2 million children in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire work in hazardous conditions growing cocoa. While some companies have begun tracing their supply chains to prevent child labor, the vast majority of the 3 million tons of cocoa produced each year come from small farms in West Africa, where farmers and their children live on less than $1 per day and child labor is common.