Manhattan College to Host Fair Trade Halloween Sale

The sale is run by students from the O’Malley School of Business.

Manhattan College will be hosting Fair Trade events this October through its student-run business, Fair Trade Fuel. The Halloween sale will sell “boo bags” stuffed with Fair Trade goods, beginning with a pre-sale from October 25 through October 27 and the pop-up sale on October 30 and October 31 in De La Salle Hall, Room 206. Fair Trade Fuel

“Fair Trade Fuel is the O'Malley School of Business student-run business that sells Fair Trade products only,” said Aileen Farrelly ’95, assistant dean/career development, O’Malley School of Business and visiting instructor, accounting, CIS and law. “We have two pop-up sales a year, where students choose inventory and do the marketing, accounting and managing of the sales. The store typically offers Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, jewelry, ornaments and snacks.” 

Fair Trade certification alerts the consumer that the producer received a fair price for their product, that foods are sustainably sourced and processed, that there is no child labor, no pesticides are used, and gender equity is valued.

Honored by Fair Trade USA and Catholic Relief Services for its commitment to social justice, Manhattan College was the first college campus in New York City to receive a Fair Trade College designation in 2012.

“I had very little knowledge about Fair Trade until coming to this campus and being introduced to Fair Trade products by Lois Harr,” said Aaliyah Dyer ’26  “Now that I have gained a better knowledge and have been able to help put together things to celebrate Fair Trade month around my college campus, I take a lot of pride in being able to say that I go to a school that supports Fair Trade.” 

By David Koeppel