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Scott Thompson '14 picks up a drink at the new Dunkin'

Dunkin’ Donuts Purchases to Benefit Catholic Relief Services

There’s no need to stress over back-to-school indulgences at Providence College’s new Dunkin’ Donuts, which opened recently in the Slavin Center. All of its commissions will be donated to the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Fair Trade Coffee program.

The PC community consistently asked for the presence of a Dunkin’ Donuts as well as the opportunity to purchase fair trade coffee, said John M. Sweeney, senior vice president for finance and business and chief financial officer. However, most of Dunkin’ Donuts’ products are not fair trade-certified.

“Using the donation program will help satisfy these diverging desires,” said Sweeney.

Sweeney selected CRS after discussing it with College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard O.P. ’78 & ’82G, and representatives from the offices of Mission and Ministry and Student Affairs.

“CRS is an organization that has a well-developed fair trade program,” Sweeney said. “Supporting fair trade programs allows us to offer the highly sought-after Dunkin Donuts’ products, while respecting PC’s mission.” 

The CRS Fair Trade Fund expands the fair trade model by awarding two types of grants: development grants to small-scale artisans and farmers overseas and market building grants to CRS Fair Trade allies in the United States whose work supports the cause.

In 2003, Dunkin’ Donuts announced its affiliation with TransFair USA and is the first national brand to sell espresso beverages that are made exclusively with Fair Trade Certified™ coffee.  However, the company’s standard coffee products remain uncertified.

Serving students

Sweeney explained that this donation program is designed to serve PC’s students by balancing the products they want with the values that are important to them. He said he knew that students requested to have a Dunkin’ Donuts at the College even before he began working here in 2010.

Students are ecstatic about both the new coffee shop and the donation program. 

“Dunkin’ Donuts is a very popular place for people to get their morning coffee and breakfast. It’s much easier to obtain now that the store is in a convenient location, the center of our campus,” said Rachel Ferruggia ’14 (Bridgewater, N.J.).

Tim Morris ’14 (Philadelphia, Pa.) believes the donation program and the new store are important additions to the College.

“It’s impressive that the administration really listened to the students and got us a Dunkin’ Donuts. Although we may not be actively thinking about the donation program when we are making purchases, we know our money will help others,” he said. 

Creating choice

Sweeney said PC will continue to offer fair trade-certified coffee at all other retail outlets on campus, as well as through catering and in the student cafeteria in Raymond Hall.

Dunkin’ Donuts replaced the coffee shop known as PC Perk, which will reopen in September 2013 in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, which is under construction.

“The Ruane Center seems like a natural location for PC Perk. Having both PC Perk and Dunkin’ Donuts will create increased choice for members of the PC community,” Sweeney said.

Bridget Stack ’13 (Syracuse, N.Y.) agrees.

“With a Dunkin’ Donuts on campus, students can now decide what type of product to consume and how to support the effort. The CRS donation program proves that PC practices what it preaches and serves those in need,” she said. 

Dunkin’ Donuts is open on Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The store accepts cash, gift cards, credit cards, and PC cash. Friarbucks (credit awarded to students as a part of their meal plan) are not accepted.  

— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14


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