Next week marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (26 February – 11 March), this event is held nationally in order to make people aware of the plight of farmers and other workers who put food on our plates every day. Fairtrade products are those which come from farms or other workplaces where the staff are treated fairly, paid a good wage and work in good conditions.
Since 2012, Lincoln has retained the status of a Fairtrade City and it is one as a council wish to still hold in the years to come. By supporting Fairtrade, you can ensure that these farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families, all year round.
As part of the fortnight, City of Lincoln Council and other organisations in the city will be involved in promoting the benefits of Fairtrade products.
On March 2, St Mary Le Wigford Church Community Hall will host an event in order to promote the importance of Fairtrade in the city. This event will include and interactive giant-sized snakes and ladders with a Fairtrade theme, free cups of Fairtrade tea and coffee, Fairtrade produce stalls and Fairtrade bananas donated by the Lincolnshire Co-op.
City Hall will also have a stand in main reception from Monday 26 February, which will have information about Fairtrade Fortnight. We are also encouraging members of the staff and the public to take pictures of how they are supporting Fairtrade Fortnight whether it’s attending events taking place in the city or buying Fairtrade food. Any photos taken use the hashtag #lincolnfairtrade
Posters and leaflets will also be made available at Bracebridge, Sudbrooke Drive and St. Giles community centres, along with some shops around Lincoln.
More information about the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign can be found at the Fairtrade Foundation website here: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight