ROC United’s 2013 National Diner’s Guide to Ethical Eating

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC UNITED) is an organization dedicated to improving the wages and working conditions for the nation’s low wage restaurant workforce.

This short video promo for an upcoming book written by ROC United’s co-founder that will highlight the stories of restaurant workers,  caused me to think differently about my experience when dining out:

ROC United has recently released an app available for iPhone and android that helps users to be better able to make conscious decisions about where they might be eating, based on the working conditions of the people who are serving them.

App Description:


Unfortunately, the workers who cook, prepare, and serve our food suffer from poverty wages, a lack of basic benefits like paid sick days, and often have little or no chance to move up to better positions. When the people who serve us food can’t afford to pay the rent or take a day off when they’re sick, our dining experience suffers.

The 2nd annual 2013 ROC National Diners’ Guide provides information on the wage, benefits, and promotion practices of the 150 most popular restaurants in America in 9 major cities across the country, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to New York City. The Guide also lists responsible restaurants where you can eat knowing that your server can afford to pay the rent and your cook isn’t working while sick.”

For more details, visit the ROC United’s Website.

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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