SpartanNash is supporting fair labor practices for Michigan’s more than 94,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families by signing the Migrant Legal Aid’s Fair Food Pledge.
SpartanNash distributes fresh produce from 250 Michigan farms to its 160 corporate-owned stores and 2,100 independent customers.
As part of its pledge, SpartanNash will 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.
“Migrant workers provide fresh produce for our tables, but they lack the protections and safeguards other workers enjoy under state and federal laws,” said Teresa Hendricks, director and senior litigator for the Michigan Migrant Legal Aid, in a statement. “With the new alliance between Migrant Legal Aid and SpartanNash, more than 94,000 workers and family members will be better protected from inhumane and unethical treatment. This alliance is the first of its kind in Michigan, and was only possible because of the corporate leadership and compassion of SpartanNash.”