Community Coffee Company and Southwest Airlines Help Open Schools in Coffee Farming Communities

devin-pence-ccc-mexico-studentsBaton Rouge, LA, December 2016 – Community Coffee Company recently traveled to the villages of Tierra y Libertad and Buena Vista in Chiapas, Mexico, where the company purchases some of its coffee, to support the opening of two schools funded in partnership with Southwest Airlines Co. and the ECOM Foundation.

With the help of the ECOM Foundation, Community Coffee and Southwest had the opportunity to help open two schools this fall. These schools allow the children of the farming families to receive a quality education right in their own community.

The isolation of the villages of Tierra y Libertad and Buena Vista in Mexico makes it difficult for teachers to reach the area. In response to this problem, two classrooms with satellite internet were constructed with access to an online curriculum. The project provides grade-school education, as well as access to agricultural, technological and academic training for anyone interested. Additionally, residents can now access a university education remotely.

“Community Coffee is committed to giving back to the farmers –and their families – who provide the high-quality coffee beans we use in our premium coffees,” said David Belanger, president and CEO of Community Coffee Company. “We work with our farmers to ensure that funding stays where it’s needed in the local community, whether that’s through building schools and medical facilities or providing job training and safety equipment.”

Southwest Airlines shares that same vision of giving back. In fact, on all Southwest flights starting last March, for every cup of Community® coffee enjoyed, Southwest and Community Coffee fund educational programs to support the children, families and farmers in Mexico where Community’s high quality Arabica coffee is grown.

This program is facilitated through the ECOM Foundation. ECOM is the world’s largest commodities distributor, and its foundation was created to support farming communities.

About Community Coffee Company
Now in its 97th year, Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with additional Cuba service to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15, 2016. Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

About ECOM Foundation
In 2006, the ECOM Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the purpose of making a better life for the producers of coffee, cotton, cocoa and other soft commodities. Because it believes in ensuring a better life for origin producers, the ECOM Foundation supports projects that are geared towards healthcare, education, housing and more in the communities it serves. For more information, visit ECOMfoundation.org.

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