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Friends Stay Warm   *   P.O. Box 86185   *   Portland, OR 97286   *   971-865-3530              

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our mission:                      

Friends Stay Warm

      Supporting our farm, service and seasonal         workers in Oregon

Supporting our farm, service and seasonal workers and their families with needed emergency cash assistance and advocacy.

For an inspirational and heartbreaking view of farmworker organizing, Watch the movie, Food Chains, on Netflix, Amazon, etc.

Learn how “A small group of workers toils to overcome corporate greed and end slavery and abuse in America’s fields, revealing what actually feeds our country.”

This movie does a good job of explaining the history of food and farmworkers in the United States.  It highlights the recent success of the Immokalee Workers in Florida, tomato pickers who organized and stayed strong for years until one by one, companies like Taco Bell, McDonalds, Walmart, Burger King, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and others signed Fair Food agreements. 

There’s a crucial ingredient that ought to be in the food you eat – fairness to the farmworkers who harvest it, and to the workers who process, cook and serve it.”




One of the most pervasive human and worker rights abuses occurs in our food system.  Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore or whatever, we all eat, and therefore we all participate in these unjust conditions.

There is a movement called the Fair Food movement which has proven to be an effective model of ensuring that food system workers are treated justly.  It started with the tomato farm workers in Florida, called the “Immokalee workers” who won rights after pressure was put on the end buyers of the tomatoes – huge corporations like Taco Bell, McDonalds, Walmart, etc. 

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

We are calling for a boycott of Wendys as they refused to sign fair food agreements for the Florida tomatoes they bought; instead, they now buy only tomatoes grown in Mexico, picked and processed by farm workers who suffer even more human rights abuses.

This is a model of direct action that works, and I hope you all will support it by boycotting Wendys, and joining the Fair Food Movement!

Alliance for Fair Food – become a member!

The Campaign for Fair Food has won binding agreements with fourteen multi-billion dollar food retailers to date, including Taco Bell, McDonald's and Walmart. Tens of thousands of farmworkers are seeing never-before-seen rights in the fields, such as shade and water; the right to file a complaint without fear of retaliation; the right to work free of sexual harassment and modern slavery; and the first real wage increase in 30 years.

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI)

The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) brings together growers, farmworkers and retailers to address labor conditions, food safety and pest management.  When you see EFI's label on fresh fruits and vegetables, you'll know that:

  • Farmworkers are treated fairly and experience decent working conditions
  • Best practices in food safety are followed
  • Farmworkers are engage in identifying problems and creating solutions


At  Friends Stay Warm, we work in partnership with Western Farm Workers Association, Migrant Education and other farm worker and low-wage worker organizations to support our farm, service and seasonal workers who work hard to provide us our daily sustenance and other essential services yet struggle in their poverty conditions. 

Low wages, seasonal unemployment, drought conditions, racism, immigration and other factors contribute to these workers' inability to earn enough money to provide for the basic needs of their families.  These needs include food, clothing, medical care and assistance with their utility bills.

In addition, 2020 brought with it the extra challenges of COVID-19 and the pressure of working without adequate protective equipment, social distancing, paid sick leave, or cash assistance due to immigration status, and other challenges. 

At  Friends Stay Warm, we help families meet some of these challenges by providing emergency cash assistance for our neighbors in need.

Can you imagine having to work through a pandemic and hazardous air quality conditions because you have no other way to feed your family?  Can you imagine being called "essential" and yet you have to risk your health and the health of your family to earn a poverty wage?  Can you imagine coming home from work on a cold and damp day to no heat or lights?  Can you imagine having your children study by candlelight?  It is not hard to imagine why these workers feel that "no one cares about us."

Here at Friends Stay Warm, WE CARE.  Your donations help our most invisible and lowest wage workers and their families!  Please send your tax-deductible check made out to our fiscal sponsor to:

Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

PO Box 521

Hood River, OR  97031

Please designate "Friends Stay Warm" in the memo line!

Thank you!