FARMWORKER JUSTICE: An Open Letter to the CEO of Wendy's

Nov 6, 2019


As members of the Peace Church community, we are deeply passionate about advocating for social justice and standing up for the rights of the vulnerable. Today, we want to address a pressing issue that needs urgent attention in the fast-food industry - Farmworker Justice.

Understanding Farmworker Justice

Farmworkers are the backbone of our food system, toiling tirelessly to ensure we have access to fresh produce and other agricultural products. However, these individuals often face significant challenges, including low wages, unsafe working conditions, lack of access to healthcare, and limited labor protections.

The Exploitation of Farmworkers

It is disheartening to realize that many farmworkers endure exploitative employment practices on a daily basis. Some agricultural corporations prioritize profits over the well-being of those who provide the very sustenance we rely upon.

Wendy's and the Fair Food Program

Wendy's, one of the major fast-food chains, has recently come under scrutiny for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program. This program, initiated by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, ensures fair wages and humane working conditions for farmworkers.

Our Open Letter

CEO of Wendy's, we write to you today to express our deep concern and urge you to reconsider your stance. By joining the Fair Food Program, Wendy's has the power to make a positive impact on the lives of countless farmworkers.

The Importance of Ethical Sourcing

As a society, we must recognize that the food we consume has a human cost. Supporting companies that prioritize ethical sourcing and support fair labor practices is crucial. By addressing farmworker justice, Wendy's can set an example for others in the fast-food industry.

Collaborative Efforts for Change

We believe that change is possible when we come together as a community, raising awareness and championing for justice. We call upon our Peace Church members, local organizations, and concerned citizens to collaborate with us in advocating for farmworker justice.

How Can You Help?

Now that you understand the issue at hand, it's time to take action. Here are some ways you can get involved and support farmworker justice:

1. Educate Yourself and Others

Take the time to learn more about the challenges faced by farmworkers and how their labor contributes to our food system. Share this knowledge with your friends, family, and community to raise awareness and empathy.

2. Support Ethical Brands

Choose to support companies that prioritize fair labor practices and ethical sourcing. Research the brands you consume from and make informed choices that align with your values.

3. Join Advocacy Groups

Find local or national advocacy groups that focus on farmworker justice and get involved. They often organize events, campaigns, and initiatives to bring about meaningful change.

4. Engage with Wendy's

Use your voice to let Wendy's know that you expect them to address farmworker justice. Share your concerns on social media, send emails or letters, and encourage others to do the same.


At Peace Church, we believe in the power of collective action and the pursuit of justice. We stand with farmworkers in their fight for fair wages, safe working conditions, and dignity. Join us in advocating for farmworker justice and creating a more equitable world.

Additional Resources

  • Fair Food Program
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Wendy's Official Website