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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Campus Should be Involved in Food Day

on July 11, 2011

Over 50 college campuses so far are participating in Food Day scheduled for October 24. Students across America are already dreaming big about how they will transform campus food and brainstorming ways to get Mark Bittman to cook their entire campus a 5 course meal. Here at the RFC, we are excited to see so much enthusiasm and participation after just a few short weeks, but we can't help but ask: what about the other hundreds of college campuses? There must be tons of students dying to see local food in their dining halls so what's stopping them from signing up?

In case you are part of that

Join the Movement: Bring Food Day 2011 to your campus!

on June 23, 2011

The Real Food Challenge is excited to announce our latest way to celebrate real food and get one step closer to seeing it on your campus!

Along with the Center for Science in the Public Interest we will be organizing the first ever national Food Day on October 24, 2011.
Food Day will also mark the launch of our GET REAL! Campaign and the "Real Food Campus Committment" that will ensure local, sustainable, and ethical food in your dining halls. In order to pull all of this off, we need students like you to sign up your school to participate!
With a little bit of organizing and a lot of

Real Food: Shifting People, Power, & Policy

on April 28, 2011

This past weekend RFC national leaders (Regional Field Organizers, Steering Committee Reps, the A Team, and other members of our movement) converged in Santa Cruz, California for an unprecedented gathering. 

From our very meeting place, which was founded by the student movement at UC Santa Cruz, we explored our past hurdles and advances, current work plans, and what an accelerated and growing RFC movement will need in the coming year.  

Friends, I think we've winnowed out some righteous seed and found many deep ideas and action steps worth planting!

APPLY NOW for the 2011-2012 Real Food Challenge team!

on March 27, 2011

We are now accepting applications for the Real Food Challenge 2011-2012 team!

APPLY NOW to be a Regional Field Organizer or a member of the NEW Grassroots Leaders Project.

The Real Food Challenge is a youth-driven initiative.  College and high school students and other youth activists run the whole show from the grassroots organizing to the national coordination. We are looking for inspired, motivated, and imaginative individuals to join the effort and help us shape the future of this young movement.

Reportback from Knox College: Making Plans for Two-fold Change

on March 16, 2011

Helen Schnoes, a senior at Knox College, sent us this reportback last Sunday. Please enjoy!

Since the Real Food Road Trip visit to Knox College, we have continued to progress with initiatives and collaborations to improve food at Knox. Pre-existing projects towards implementing campus composting and addressing community food injustice continue to march forward.

Food and Justice in a Wintry Boston

on March 4, 2011

The Northeast Food and Justice Summit was the final act of an incredible month.  In February, the Real Food Challenge held five inspiring student-led Real Food Summits in all corners of our contry. 

Over 550 young people converged on Boston summit.  From as far as D.C. to northern Vermont, these young leaders were making incredible change in their communities--a spectrum that spanned from our nation's most elite universities to its impoverished urban centers.  

The message was simple.  As students and youth, we are powerful.

Reflections on the Road: Knox College

on January 24, 2011

Reflections on our first stop!

>>> Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

by Katie B.

>>> For more great updates, go to:

The list of upcoming field trips written on the chalkboard at the beginning of Knox College’s Food Systems class included a tour of Pioneer Seed Company (second-largest seed producer after Monsanto) and a trip to the John Deere museum. At the beginning of his lecture about the rise of agricultural technology in the late 19th century (we’re talking bundle-scythes and 30-horse-drawn combines, not a 7030 Premium Small-Frame John Deere tractor), the professor described a map: Des Moines to the west, St. Louis to the south, Chicago to the east. American Agricultural technologies developed within that triangle, and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois is smackdab in the middle.

Katie's notes

Upon arriving at Knox, we were greeted by a student who quickly gave us the lay of the land. “Galesburg is pretty impoverished,” she explained, “there used to be a Maytag factory here, but there has been lots of unemployment since it closed.” We later learned of student research about food deserts in the community, a phenomenon that is not as commonly associated with small, rural towns. However, the student continued, “I came here from Massachusetts, thinking there would be nothing to do here so I would focus more on my school work. But there is so much happening in Knox and in the Galesburg community!”

Real Food Road Trip Stokes Student Activist Fires in the Midwest

on January 19, 2011


Read more about their adventures @

Northfield, MN—This January and February, two student-activist alumna will stop at eight midwest colleges to give student leadership workshops and real food presentations. Katie Blanchard (Carleton College ’10) & Katelyn Hale (Lewis & Clark College ’09) are hitting the road for student-led food justice with the Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national campaign and network empowering students for more just and sustainable food on campus.

All you ever wanted to know about campus food systems that no one ever told you

on December 22, 2010

Check out this great video of an RFC organizer talking with a class at University of Vermont all about sustainable food systems and how to make change on your campus.

UVM Food Systems Seminars Lecture: David Schwartz (P1) from UVM Continuing Education on Vimeo.

In case you don't have time to watch the whole thing, here's a little cheat sheet:

1-8: My story and Our Story (RFC's history)
8-15: Activity: Picturing Your Food System I
15-22: Food Service Companies: The Basics
22-36: Structural Problems: Labor, Vendor kickbacks
36-41: Structural Problems: "The Big Squeeze"
41-54: Picturing

Stories you haven't heard yet

on October 30, 2010

In case you thought you were alone, here's proof that you're not.   All around the country students and their partners are fighting for real food on campus, and beyond.  Here's a taste what folks in the RFC network are up to this semester:

What happens when your school's contract with Sodexo or Aramark or Chartwells is up?

  • Students at University of Central Florida, Mizzou, Western Washington University, and Carroll College in Montana are facing this same dilemma, and have decided that students deserve a voice in the process!  They're working with their university administrators to