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Real Food Challenge is hiring!

on October 27, 2017

We're looking for feisty organizers to join us as 1) Northeast Regional Coordinator, and 2) Digital Strategy and Northeast Coordinator. Check out these links to learn more. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 20, 2017.

Reflections on Taking Action from Anim Steel

on September 8, 2017

I’m out of jail, grateful for the support and actions so many took yesterday, and in ever deeper awe of the young leaders who marched without documents AND without fear.

This was the first time I took a higher risk action. I’m writing about my experience to support others in thinking through the decision of whether or not to risk arrest during a crisis.


After 9 young DACA recipients were arrested during a civil disobedience action, a dozen of us with US citizenship blocked the street in front of Trump Tower.

A note on Transition from RFC Co-Founder David Schwartz

on July 10, 2017


I've got some big news: at the end of this summer, I’ll be leaving my staff role at Real Food Challenge. 

It’s been ten incredible years — helping develop, design, launch and lead Real Food Challenge. I’ve learned so much about food injustice, organizing and myself. And I’ve learned so much from this inspiring community of staff and young leaders, as well as from our powerful partners.

It is very bittersweet to step away from Real Food Challenge at this time.

BREAKING: California students vote YES for Real Food, NO for corporate kickbacks!

on May 8, 2017

On May 6, students from the CSU and in the California State Student Association (CSSA) voted yes on a resolution for Real Food Systems in the CSU urging CSSA to support an increase in Real Food purchasing, to contest corporate food service kickbacks at 8 CSU campuses, and promote small student and community-based businesses. 

1. Real Food Purchasing: In 2014 the Cal State University (CSU) system approved a food service section in the Sustainability Policy ​that requires all 23 campuses to attain 20% Real Food by 2020 and track and report sustainable food purchases based in the ​Real Food

Real Food Challenge is hiring a Fundraiser!

on May 8, 2017

Development Manager, Real Food Challenge

Boston, Mass. or New York, N.Y.
Apr / 21 / 2017

Organizational Description

Real Food Challenge (RFC), a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, is the largest student movement in the country fighting for food justice and a sustainable food economy. With a small, devoted staff and powerful grassroots leadership across the country, we are mobilizing millennials to build the just and sustainable food system the world needs now.

RFC and Stanford Students Team Up for Milk With Dignity: ‘Hey Ben & Jerry’s can I get some milk with dignity in my Cherry Garcia?’

on February 23, 2017

Last week, students from Stanford united with Real Food Challenge students in California and demonstrated that when we organize and stand together we can make a real difference in working people’s lives in the food system!

RFC and Students And Labor Alliance (SALA) teamed up to welcome Vermont dairy workers that work in Ben & Jerry’s(B & J)  Vermont dairy supply chain. The night before B&J’s CEO Jostein Solheim was scheduled to speak at Stanford, workers shared their stories and held a dialogue with students to discuss the Milk with Dignity program ,Worker-Driven Social Responsibility vs.

"Like a burning fire of love"

on November 16, 2016

Listen in to our webinar recording as four movement leaders share their reflections and urge us all to act:

This is an important moment -- let's get together

on November 14, 2016

Last week, we woke up with a new President. Ever since we’ve been discussing, feeling, thinking all over the map. But one thing has held us constant: we know that today our work is more important than ever. 

This election revealed twin truths that may not come as a surprise to many of us:

  • Corruption and corporate consolidation have hollowed out economic opportunities and livelihoods for too many.  Unfair trade deals, Big Food mergers and a USDA that answers to Big Ag have left too many ranchers, farmers and fishermen -- and their communities -- feeling powerless and unsupported.
  • The legacy

PRESS RELEASE: New Guide Uplifts Food Labels that Fight Injustice

on October 27, 2016

Labor, Youth, Environment & Farmer groups all contribute to “Real Food Standards 2.0”

Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the country, today released the Real Food Standards 2.0, one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date compilation of credible food labels and certifications on the market. The standards shed light on the work of countless farmworker activists and food producers who are creating new systems for valuing the agricultural workforce, humanely raising animals and bringing sustainability into their business practices.

“Farmworker-driven social

A Seat at the Table

on October 27, 2016

This past month more than 200 students and allies took to the streets in Georgia. Carrying chairs lofted high, we came to demand that the University of Georgia take a seat at the table. See, there's a long legacy of exploitation in Georgia's agricultural history; and today, Black farmers are still struggling to hold onto their land, while farmers of all races that do are too often stuck in devastating cycles of debt to the big poultry processors.

Sadly, the University of Georgia has too long been a driver of these systems of exploitation--dedicated to training farmers, and yet only training