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$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.

4 Lessons from the largest student movement you’ve never heard of

on October 30, 2012

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

Over 40,000 students took action together last week and the mainstream media hardly covered it.  Surprised?

Northeastern University's Food Day event.

You shouldn’t be.  It wasn’t an Obama rally.  And it wasn’t a revolt in the Middle East. While media pundits were fixated on which candidate scored more cheap political points, an unprecedented number of college students came together with Real Food Challenge and Food Day for an incredible national day of action. The truth that motivated us is simple: if we ever hope to jumpstart the economy, become energy

286 college campuses to participate in Food Day

on October 24, 2012

286 Colleges Join Food Day

Student activists and university leaders educate campuses & make pledges to change food system as part of new grassroots campaign

National – On October 24, tens of thousands of students on over 270 college campuses in 46 states will take part in Food Day. On-campus events will range from cook-offs to local food banquets to movie screenings, with many campuses featuring the world premiere of Food Mythbusters, a new video series by Anna Lappédebunking the mainstream myths of corporate agriculture.

Food MythBusters is Coming

on October 22, 2012
This is an excerpt from a blog post about an upcoming video series called Food MythBusters. This project is a collaboration between many organizations and individuals in the food movement, led by RFC's own supporter and adviser Anna Lappé. Click here to read the full post on the Corporate Accountability International blog, and visit for more information.
I don’t know about you, but I’m increasingly frustrated by all this spin: by the ad campaigns, the trade-group public relations machines, the lobbying, the front groups—the myth-making.

The West Coast Reflects: Training 2012!

on October 13, 2012

This blog post comes from Chloé Rice, a 2012 Regional Field Organizer for the West Coast.

This year’s Summer Leadership Training was held at the lushly forested UC Santa Cruz campus back on Sept. 6-9. We’ve been busy putting plans made that weekend into action all over the region, but it’s never too late to reflect!

We spent 4 action-packed days at the Gatehouse on the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food System’s farm, carrying on their long-rooted history of student organized change—as it was students who organized and started what has now grown into a 25 acre university farm!

Mid-Atlantic Regional Training Report!

on August 29, 2012

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Training took place at the same time as our Northeast one, and was also a great success! We had an amazing time with all the participants, who were engaged in workshops and are pumped to start working for Real Food on their campuses!

Check out what Marissa Gibson-Garcia from Haverford College had to say about what she learned at our training:

"I felt an overwhelming sense of encouragement, and a push of hope, which was the beginning of the growth that I would experience throughout the weekend.

Of particular interest to me, going in to the training, was to learn about