Wholesum employees, retail partners and others joined together on a school project at one of Wholesum's farm operations in Mexico. ( Courtesy Wholesum )

Wholesum, Amado, Ariz., recently celebrated its work during National Volunteer Month, completing its third Fair Trade project.

The Healthy Start Los Janos project added a kitchen at a kindergarten at company’s farming community in Los Janos, Sonora, Mexico. Wholesum customers, partners and industry friends pitched in on the project, according to a news release.

“My experience was eye-opening,” Bradley Foletta, commodity manager of TPE/Lipman Family Farms, said in the release. “It made me see how the co-operative effort of management, labor and customers can positively impact the lives of workers, and their families, throughout the world.”

For Wholesum, the program is an opportunity to engage at a deeper level with its workforce and partners, according to the release.

“It is amazing to see our industry friends and partners become deeply connected to the mission of Fair Trade and work hard to deliver on that mission.” Ricardo Crisantes, chief commercial officer, said in the release.

Volunteers included representatives of Natural Grocers, Albert’s Organics, City Market Co-op in Vermont, Central Co-op in Seattle, and Fresh Point and Resource Group Solutions.

Donations for the project came from Wholesum’s suppliers and F&A Freight, Milleniumsoils Coir, Agri Packing, Ferreteria Jordan and Ferre-Electrica El Raquet, according to the release.