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Now accepting applications to be on the National Team!

on January 12, 2010

The Real Food Challenge is a truly unique organization.  Few national social change organizations put youth and students in such prominent leadership positions.

Our National Team--the group ultimately responsible for coordinating the campaign (and the one writing this blog!)--is comprised of half professional staff and half student leaders.  This model of leadership has proven a powerful one--combining fresh ideas, bold thinking and a deep understanding of our constituent base, with experience, historical experience, and solid organizational knowhow.

As our next round of summits and trainings approaches (register here, if you haven't already!) we want to expand our leadership base and invite new student members onto the National Team.

Nominate yourself or someone you know.

Who do you know?  Take a moment today to think about your friends, club-mates, and other students in your life who might fit the criteria below.   Nominate them today! 

Spread the food revolution through music: Go Live: Real Food Tour!

on December 21, 2009

Take part in the Go Live: Real Food Tour!

This spring promises to be huge for the Real Food Challenge.  Between January and July, members of the Real Food Challenge are taking part in the Go Live: Real Food tour, a nationwide concert series put on by Go Live and the Real Food Alliance (read on for descriptions of both groups).

The Go Live: Real Food tour is the first step in a major public education campaign about real food.  We're focusing on booking tour dates at colleges and universities across the country and we need your help.  If you're interested in bringing unforgettable performances

2010 Farm to Cafeteria Conference - Awesome Opportunity to Present!

on December 21, 2009

Calling all Presenters! Farm to Cafeteria Conference needs your help!

Interested in sharing your ideas, skills, and knowledge about institutional food purchasing?  Want to engage and interact with a diverse group of people working to change the food system?

The planning team for the 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is looking for dynamic proposals for workshops and poster presentations at the conference, which will take place in Detroit from May 17 to 19, 2010.

The team is currently accepting proposals for workshops and poster presentations on a wide variety of suggested topics.

Real Food Summits are Coming!

on December 21, 2009

SAVE THE DATE!  The Real Food Summits are Coming!

This February and March, the Real Food Challenge is gonna be blowin' up once again! At any of FOUR regional summits and THREE leadership trainings, you'll get the opportunity to connect with other student and community food activists, explore new tools and resources for campus food change, and lay out BIG action plans for the future of food on your campus and in your region--all in one weekend! These gatherings are being created BY young people, FOR young people, so be sure to mark your calendars and dive right in!

Strengthening the

RFC needs YOU!

on November 17, 2009

In one short year, the Real Food Challenge has gone from an idea of a few to a campaign of many.

One Month of Action.  Three Leadership Trainings. Five Regional Summits. Over 300 schools taking action and nearly 3,000 students in the Network.

We are a new tide of young people equipped with the tools, knowledge and soul force to transform the world into a place that, in the words of the campaign, supports "a food system that truly nourishes ourselves, our communities, and the earth."

But a campaign led by student food activists is by definition strapped for cash.

RFC Participates in Historic Day of Climate Change Action

on November 3, 2009

On Saturday, October 24, students and activists around the country took part in's international day of climate action, the largest day of international political action ever.  They rallied their peers to come together and send a message to policymakers that we need aggressive climate policy now. 

People from 181 countries took photos of their event, which will be delivered to decision-makers at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in December.  We are calling for policy that limits atmospheric carbon to 350 parts per million (ppm), its highest sustainable concentration.

Hai Vo, RFC Alum, Wins Brower Youth Award

on October 22, 2009

"There's nothing more intimate than the relationship between humans and food," says Hai Vo, 2009 graduate of UC Irvine, Real Food Challenge student leader, and winner of the 2009 Brower Youth Award. Hai's experience with real food has been extremely successful: he co-founded the Real Food Challenge at UC Irvine, piloted the Real Food Calculator for his senior thesis, and helped create a sustainable food policy that now governs the entire UC system, comprised of 10 campuses, affiliate hospitals, and contracted food vendors.

It's Time to Preheat the Oven for our First Fall Action

on September 21, 2009

Get out your cameras, grab an apron, and start baking! 

The Real Food Challenge is teaming up with Slow Food to take part in's international day of action on October is inviting people around the world to take action to curb climate change by submitting a photo petition to leaders before UN meetings in Copenhagen.  We're urging policymakers to recognize that levels of atmospheric carbon are dangerously high: life on Earth can be safely sustained at levels lower than 350 parts per million.

RFC Ends the Summer with Northeast Training

on September 10, 2009


Students got a first-hand look into working with dining services through a presentation from Anne Cody from Massachusetts Farm-to-School.  Anne walked the group through an ideal farm-to-school relationship, suggesting ways to make local sourcing economically sustainable and lucrative for both farmers and dining services.  Students came away from the workshop with a checklist of tips and terms to use to engage dining services at their schools.

During downtime between workshops, the group played games, shared poetry and songs, and discussed ways to bring back what they learned to their

Real Food Challenge at Bioneers!

on August 27, 2009

The Real Food Challenge, in cooperation with the Bioneers Youth Initiative and Just Us for Food Justice, will be leading a food and farming focus track for young people at the 2009 Bioneers Conference. This is going to be an awesome opportunity for Real Food representatives to work and network with other young leaders in the food justice and sustainability movement from around the country. The program will take place from October 15th through the 19th. For more information regarding the Bioneers Conference and the Youth Program go to the Bioneers website (