What Bowdoin’s Alternative Spring Break Has to do with ‘The True Cost of Tomatoes’ (New York Times)

The 2010 Alternative Spring Break Immokalee group stands outside the Guadalupe Center, where students helped deliver food and clothing to migrant worker families.

Among the Alternative Spring Break trips offered by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good involves students working with — and learning from — the often underpaid and overworked migrant workers of Immokalee, Fla.

Participating students have volunteered in soup kitchens and community centers, and learned about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group which figures prominently in “The True Cost of Tomatoes,” by Mark Bittman, both an opinion and food columnist for The New York Times, about improved conditions for Florida’s tomato-harvest workers.

“The McKeen Center has excelled at sending Bowdoin students to serve the common good in places where substantive change is occurring,” says Nick Daniels ’12 (in Bowdoin T-shirt, front row, center), who volunteered in Immokalee in 2010. “This article underscores the important nature of the College’s commitment to bettering our country.”

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