The Humans Who Feed Us Campaign Expands to Restaurants and Universities


FREMONT – Monica Ramirez considers the people who work in farm fields, restaurants and grocery stores to be essential, and she wants the rest of the United States to know how essential these workers are in bringing food to the table. everybody.

Today, Justice For Migrant Women, a Fremont-based group founded by Ramirez, is launching the nationwide campaign for The Humans Who Feed Us project in partnership with chefs, restaurants and universities across the country.

The group presented the first phase of the project to Fremont earlier this year, a “The Humans Who Feed Us” exhibit at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds during the Sandusky County Fair.

“The exhibit and this campaign are all about celebrating these amazing people,” Ramirez told News-Messenger on Tuesday.

The project seeks to ‘humanize’ food service workers

According to the group, the project humanizes workers throughout the food supply chain and shows the interdependence between companies, the workers they employ and

consumers; and fosters a sense of belonging for these amazing community members in the places where they live and work.

In its second phase, the “The Humans Who Feed Us” portrait exhibition will expand this weekend for display in places where food is served or sold in the United States, from restaurants to universities.

The project will focus on “Celebrating the humans who feed us”

the big meal and holiday season in the United States.

As the project expands geographically, Ramirez said, it will also be expanded to feature the unique stories of 22 members of the immigrant community employed across the food supply chain, including dairy workers. , poultry, restaurants and grocery stores to show the role of each of these individuals. to make sure people have food to support themselves and to celebrate special times.

Monica Ramirez, President and Founder of Justice for Migrant Women, said the "The humans who feed us" The project focuses on the humanization of farm workers who feed people and show the connections between them, farmers and consumers.  She said Ohio was an important state for agriculture and farm workers.

Ramirez said the project, in addition to Ohio, has expanded to Florida, Vermont and other states.

Positive feedback from the exhibition at the county fair

She said the feedback she received from the Sandusky County Fairground exhibit was positive, with many residents telling her they were unaware that farm laborers and other essential workers lacked the necessary skills. same rights as other workers.

“I think the workers we spoke to, they were really touched,” Ramirez said.

Ramírez created the storytelling and portrait project in collaboration with his fellowship with the Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy (an initiative established by Race Forward).

The group highlighted the experiences of eight farm workers as they shared some of the experiences they had while working, some of the challenges they faced, and some of their thoughts on how community members can help them. make you feel more connected and included in the community.

Partner restaurants and universities will participate in the Humans Who Feed Us exhibit by displaying portraits of profiled community members, as well as sharing background information about the workers and the project, and resources on how to take action. to support these workers.

Participating local and regional restaurants and businesses include:

● Chez Billy.

● The Garrison / Scarpetta.

● Coffee with thyme.

● Casa Fiesta.

● Guajillos.

● El Habanero.

● A’s family restaurant.

● Casa Mexicana.

● Motorhome restaurant.

● Café Tepito.

● Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard restaurant and bar.

● Cracked by Chef Adrianne.

● Redfish from Chef Adrianne.

● Strong from Chef Adrianne.

● Glow.

● La Fonda.

● Saddle River Inn.

● Book bell and candle.

● Bidwell-Union market.

Participating universities include Loyola University of Chicago, Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Stanford University, and Furman University.

Chefs confirmed to participate include Adrianne Calvo, Patty Jinich, Grace Ramirez and Ruffo Ibarra.

Justice for Migrant Women will count on the support of celebrity chef, author, entrepreneur and TV personality Ingrid Hoffmann to help develop the project nationwide.

According to Justice for Migrant Women, the Migration Policy Institute reported that immigrants make up 22% of all workers in the US food industry.

Group calls on Congress to adopt reforms

Ramirez said Justice for Migrant Women is also calling on Congress to adopt permanent protections and a path to citizenship for essential immigrant workers.

She said there was still legislation to be passed to raise the legal working age for farm workers to over 12, with more work to be done to tackle the sexual harassment of farm workers as well.

“It’s a whole lot of things that need to change. It’s a whole lot of laws that need to be approved and enacted,” Ramirez said.

Above all, Ramirez wants people to see the Humans Who Feed Us displays at local restaurants and see the workers presented in all their might and not just their pain, she said.

For more information on the Humans Who Feed Us project, please visit and follow @mujerxsrising on social media.

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