Vermont-based coffee giant Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is pledging more than $2 million to food security projects in the Aceh province of Indonesia, where it has sourced coffee for more than 10 years.
GMCR has joined forces with the international nonprofit Save the Children to fund a three-year project called LINK — Livelihoods and Improved Nutrition for Kids. At the beginning of the project, 46% of families surveyed reported food shortages in the prior 12 months. After two years of LINK education on food diversification, child health, and nutrition, that number dropped to 6%, according to the company.
GMCR provided $500,000 for the first phase of the LINK project, which targeted 5,500 small-scale coffee growing families from February 2010 toMarch 2012. The Company recently pledged more than $1.5 million for a second phase, currently underway, which expands the program to additional families in the region.
“We have found that joining with other organizations enhances our ability to help farming families become more self-sufficient,” Rick Peyser, Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach for GMCR, said in a company release. “The success of the LINK project is a great example of what can be accomplished when we all work together toward a common goal.”