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Real Food for the Crimson Tide: Winning Food Chain Transparency at the University of Alabama

on April 11, 2013

This post is from Bonnie May Maye, Southeast Regional Field Organizer. This is the second in a series of blog posts from the Southeast Aramark Road Trip. Follow the road trip on Tumblr, and click here to get involved.

"It's so exciting to finally have achieved what we have been working toward for the past two years,” reflected student leader Olivia Bensinger after our visit to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, half-way through our Road Trip visiting schools with Aramark Dining Services throughout the Southeast.

Sodexo and Real Food Challenge Sign Food Chain Transparency Agreement

on April 4, 2013

Addressing the interests of a growing student food movement, Sodexo provides a larger window on the sources of the foods they provide on campus

Gaithersburg, Md. April 4, 2013 — Amidst growing demands from college students for university leadership in sustainable, local food systems, today Sodexo, a leader in Quality of Life Services, and the Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the nation, jointly announced an agreement that advances supply chain transparency on Sodexo-contracted campuses. 

From Chicken Scandal to Real Change: Visions for a Real Food Economy from University of South Florida

on April 2, 2013

This post is from Bonnie May Maye, Southeast Regional Field Organizer. This is the first in a series of blog posts from the Southeast Aramark Road Trip. Follow the road trip on Tumblr, and click here to get involved. 

A year ago, students at University of South Florida showed overwhelming support for a ballot initiative about whether the school should sign the Real Food Campus Commitment and source at least 20% Real Food on campus.

Oberlin College Signs Real Food Campus Commitment!

on March 26, 2013
This blog post comes from an article by Liv Combe, a student at Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, OH, published on the school's online news site The Source. Photo by Yvette Chen. 

Krislov Signs Real Food Campus Commitment

by LIV COMBE ’12
March 17, 2013

On Wednesday, March 13, President Marvin Krislov and Dean of Students Eric Estes signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, thus pledging to adopt a comprehensive real food policy and multiyear action plan to achieve the goal of buying 40 percent real food by 2020.

Empty Calories: What’s Missing from the Debate Over NYC’s Soda “Ban”

on March 18, 2013

This post is by Anim Steel, the Director of Real Food Generation, which sponsors the Live Real initiative and the Real Food Challenge campaign.

Last week, a New York state judge struck down the Bloomberg administration’s attempt to limit the sizes of certain sugary drinks sold in the city.

As the co-founder of one real food campaign, I’ve been following the coverage and public commentary with great interest, and I’m struck by what I hear.  Or don’t hear, rather.  

$48 million and rising: student campaigns transform cafeteria food service

on March 4, 2013

This post is from David Schwartz, Campaign Director for Real Food Challenge. 

Arizona State. Bunker Hill Community College. Ole Miss. UPenn. Gonzaga.

No, this is not an odd new athletic conference.  But, following a recent 200+ student summit in Baltimore, teams on each of these campuses are competing -- for the most ambitious campus food policy in the nation

BG2013: Meeting Food Justice in Baltimore

on February 21, 2013

This post is from Hannah Wolfe, Communications Intern for Real Food Challenge. Follow her on Twitter.

Over President’s Day weekend, 230+ students from 73 colleges and universities gathered in Baltimore, MD for Breaking Ground 2013, our second national summit! 
Converging on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, students and organizers from across the country shared stories and campaign strategy, attended and facilitated workshops, and realized the collective power of our network and movement - all over some delicious plates of food. 
Here's a quick rundown of the weekend! 

A Who's Who of Breaking Ground

on February 9, 2013

This post is from Hannah Wolfe, Communications Intern for Real Food Challenge. 

Over President's Day weekend, students from nearly 90 colleges and universities will converge in Baltimore, MD for Breaking Ground 2013, Real Food Challenge's second national summit. 

Students are traveling from as far as Arizona, Washington, and even Alaska (seriously!) to join us, so we thought we'd give everyone a preview of the stellar real food work these students are bringing to the table.

Food Day Campus Highlights

on December 6, 2012

This post is from Hannah Wolfe, National Food Day Coordinator for Real Food Challenge. 

October 24, 2012 marked the second annual Food Day, but looking at the numbers you'd never guess this national day of action is only two years old! 

At the moment, we know of 290 campuses that participated, hosting close to 900 events, and engaging approximately 99,814 students, faculty, dining staff, and other campus community members. (And no, none of those numbers are typos.)

Insane, right!?

Here are some of the highlights...


"Labeling it Ourselves": With Real Food Calculator, students take Prop 37 into their own hands

on November 9, 2012

This blog post is from Hannah Wolfe and Katie Blanchard. Hannah is the National Food Day Coordinator, and Katie is the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Real Food Challenge.

As the defeat of Prop 37 is mourned in California and throughout the food movement, students are actually enacting it, continuing the hard work for food chain transparency that they started well before the Prop 37 battle entered the mainstream.
For 4 years, from coast to coast, students have created, piloted, and refined the Real Food Calculator, the most meticulous assessment tool for food procurement available.