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7 Things We Learned From a Massive Real Food Road Trip:

on October 1, 2014
1) Focus on that Contract! Focus on that Contract!
After years with Sodexo, the University of Vermont is opening up their contract for new bidders.  After some serious research and advocacy efforts by The Real Food Working Group on campus, badass real food focused language got put into the university's desired specs:
…mandates that whatever company takes over, they hit the university's commitment to 20% real food BEFORE 2020, provide invoices for the Calculator in digital format, offer culturally diverse food offerings, provide complete transparency on rebates ("kickbacks") from big food

From Summer to Fall -- young people take a stand

on September 11, 2014

This has been a hard summer.

Bombs flying and houses crumbling in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  Our own streets militarized in Ferguson.  The continued drought in California.

But this summer we've also seen inspired young leaders confronting police brutality, war and climate change. For those of us concerned with the food system, the connections are evident:
...the racism of Ferguson reflected in the poverty wages of our food and farm workers.
...the engines of war reflected in the petrochemical sprays on our fields and the floating factories that trawl our oceans.

As we enter a new school

CSU Board of Trustees Approves State-wide Sustainable Food Policy

on May 22, 2014


Michael Clemson, CSU Chancellor's Office, 562-951-4291
David Schwartz, Real Food for CSUs Campaign, 401-601-5545


CSU Board of Trustees Approves State-wide Sustainable Food Policy
 $20+ million to be devoted annually to local, sustainable farms and food businesses

Long Beach, CA – As the state of California struggles with record droughts and wildfires, today the California State University Board of Trustees, including Governor Jerry Brown, approved a long-awaited sustainable food policy will govern the more than $100 million spent on food across

Will the 'bluegrass state's' small farms rise in coal's wake?

on April 9, 2014
Written By Real Food Challenge Campaign Director David Schwartz
Kentucky has long been known for its bourbon, horse racing, college basketball, fried chicken, coal and tobacco.  Now, a thriving local food system!? That's the goal, if a team of local college students has its way.
This winter at the University of Louisville, students began combing through reams of invoices from U of L's $2.7 million food budget to assess exactly how much money is being devoted to local farms – as well as fairly trade, ecologically sound and humane farms and food businesses –  and how they could be

Over 130 universities join student-designed startup to measure sustainable food

on April 7, 2014

Click here for a pdf of this press release


David Schwartz, Real Food Challenge
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Over 130 universities join student-designed startup to measure sustainable food

As Millennials Make College Decisions, Universities turn to Sustainable Dining Halls

Louisville, KY – As millions of students receive their college acceptance letters this month and prepare to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives, Real Food Challenge is proud to announce that 134 colleges and universities are now participating in a

Real Food for CSU Campaign Heats up at Long Beach Trustee Meeting

on April 2, 2014

This blog post was written by Natalie Tran, UC Santa Cruz, '15.

The California State University system may be the largest state school system in the world with 23 campuses and over 400,000 students.  And right now, we students in California sit at an incredible turning point

This past week, we students from Humboldt State, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach, CSU Pomona, CSU Northridge, and UC Santa Cruz met in Long Beach to attend a Board of Trustees meeting at the Office of the Chancellor. We came to raise our voices in support of a sustainable food section in a pending sustainability policy,

Over 100 universities adopt student-designed tool to measure sustainable food

on March 18, 2014


David Schwartz, Real Food Generation: 401-601-5545
Stephanie Yee, CSU Monterey Bay: 415-306-2163


Over 100 universities adopt student-designed tool to measure sustainable food

Californita State University Campuses among those leading rigorous investigations into origins of campus food

March 18, 2014 - Monterey, California – On March 26th, the California State University Board of Trustees will gather to discuss a proposed CSU-system-wide sustainability policy guaranteeing 20% 'real food' purchasing.

Fort Lewis in Durango, CO Commits to Real Food!

on February 27, 2014

— the physical impacts of global warming have been unquestionable for many populations in the western half of the United States, including New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Wyoming and parts of Texas. While powerful non-profits negotiate with lawmakers about emissions standards and corporations manipulate branding to reflect the “greener” zeitgeist, sustainable solutions have been put into motion by an unlikely group of agents: young people on campuses across the country fighting for food justice.

Be Mine 4 Real Food? Sweet Valentine's Day Action kicks off!

on February 12, 2014

This week: show some love for food justice.

At Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington students are making their administration a very *SWEET* proposition: sign the Real Food Campus Commitment and support a just food system! 

Armed with tasty treats and thousands photo petitions from students who support the campus movement -- RFCers will be meeting with their Vice President.  Our question for Gonzaga: Will you be mine?

Check out the action guide and get your campus involved!

Students at Gonzaga aren't alone:  This week dozens of us will be showing our love for food justice -- by

7 Powerful ways students are Fighting for Food Justice this Spring

on January 24, 2014

This week, The Daily Meal published their list of the “50 most powerful people in Food for 2014." Who made the list?

Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto
Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi
Doug McMillion, CEO of Walmart
...and it goes on.

Really?!  Here at Real Food Challenge, we know that real power lie in people’s movements for change.  Who are these powerful changemakers?  This is our list:

1) California State University Students Unite
23 campuses. 500,000 students. $100,000,000 spent on food each year.