Manhattan College Recognizes Fair Trade Month

Events scheduled from October 8-28 celebrate our status as a Fair Trade College.


The College is hosting a series of pop-up events during October to recognize a social movement focused on fair labor practices in developing nations. Dining Services kicked off Fair Trade Month with the grand opening of its new Sip & Chill dining location on Oct. 1, which features fair trade coffee and other products. Read more about the event in The Quadrangle

Manhattan has been a Fair Trade College since 2012, which requires that a certain number of products sold in our dining and retail locations are fair trade certified. These goods are produced by farmers and artisans that receive adequate wages and benefit from improved social and environmental standards. The ideals of the fair trade movement intertwine with the College’s Lasallian Catholic mission, which calls on us to care for all citizens and advocate for those suffering from social injustices. In addition to events happening this month, fair trade clothing and chocolate are available in the Manhattan College bookstore. Follow @fairtrademc on Instagram for giveaways and games during October. 

Fair Trade Events

Manhattan College Dining Services will host the following events on campus recognizing Fair Trade Month: 

Thursday, October 8, 3-5 p.m.: A Fair trade products pop-up in Provisions on Demand, formerly the C-Store) in Thomas Hall 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m.: A Fair Trade expo at the College’s new Sip & Chill dining location features food demonstrations and product samples.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. A Starbucks showcase on the main floor of Kelly Commons offers free fair trade coffee and fair trade samples. 

Monday, Oct. 19 - Friday Oct. 23: Fair trade chocolate and bananas will be incorporated into various recipes in Locke's Loft. 

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fair Trade Fall Festival

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Quadrangle: Tables on the Quad will include fair trade product samples for items offered on campus. We will include games to win small prizes and fair trade items. 
  • 12:30-2 p.m., Rooftop garden above the parking garage: During this time we’ll introduce the community to College’s rooftop garden programs and sustainability on campus, and assist in weeding and top-dressing the garden beds for winter.
By Christine Loughran