SpartanNash is proud to be the first food distributor and retailer in Michigan to sign Migrant Legal Aid’s Fair Food Pledge, affirming our commitment to fair labor practices for the state’s more than 94,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families since 2016.
The Fair Food Pledge exemplifies SpartanNash’s commitment to corporate responsibility and upholding fair and equitable labor standards for the treatment of farmworkers.
SpartanNash distributes fresh produce from 250 Michigan farms to its more than 147 corporate-owned stores and 2,100 independent customers, and we strive to run our business with integrity and accountability. Our customers purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at our stores and independent retailers every day, and we want them to know that as a company, we are committed to providing them with produce that has been harvested under safe and equitable working conditions.
By signing the Michigan Fair Food Pledge, SpartanNash pledges to work in partnership with Migrant Legal Aid when Michigan produce suppliers appear to be in violation of regulations requiring fair treatment and safe working conditions. This includes respecting the dignity of workers, treating them with fairness and equity and providing fair wages, access to bathrooms and drinking water and safe, clean housing.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SpartanNash has increased its backing of Migrant Legal Aid to ensure fair, safe and sanitary labor practices for migrant workers. SpartanNash underwrote Migrant Legal Aid’s efforts to support farmers as they created and implemented COVID-19 safety plans, helping to produce brochures and the below video.
Michigan is the second-most agriculturally diverse state after California. Forty-five Michigan crops are hand harvested by migrant and seasonal farmworkers each year, including blueberries, tart cherries, apples and cucumbers.