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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013

Providence College Donates Coffee Profits to Catholic Relief Services

Checkpresentationone.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Providence College recently presented a check in the amount of $7,030.70 to the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Fair Trade Coffee program.  The money comes from the College’s portion of the Dunkin’ Donuts commission through January 2013.  Dunkin’ Donuts opened a store in August of 2012 on PC’s campus in the Slavin Center.

The PC community has consistently asked for the presence of a Dunkin’ Donuts on campus as well as the opportunity to purchase fair trade coffee. 

From left to right: Kathryn Brightney ’13, Pastoral Council Member; Justin Gomes ’13, Executive President, Student Congress; Richard Lumley, Campus Minister; Fr. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, Chaplain; Stuart Gerhardt, Sodexo General Manager of Dining Services and; John Sweeney, Sr. Vice President for Finance and Business.

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


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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