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Real Food Getting Hot Hot HOT in Orlando

on September 10, 2010

Florida kicked off the first of four Real Food Challenge leadership trainings around the country this summer. On August 11th, a group of student leaders from across the state and throughout the southeast and northeast region converged in Orlando for four days of sharing stories and skills for effective campus organizing around real food.

After traveling into town midday Wednesday, everyone gathered for introductions to the Real Food Challenge and each other, and explored the connected spokes of the Real food wheel.

From Providence College to the Northeast Student Leadership Training: One Student's Reflection

on September 8, 2010

My name is Kathleen Reside, and I'm a junior at Providence College, a campus contracted by Sodexo. I first heard about the Real Food Challenge at their conference at U Mass Amherst in 2009 as a freshman, and the information blew me away. The campus food system had been exposed, and although slightly overwhelmed, I felt like I had the power to change it.

I managed to convey my anger, disbelief and excitement about the food movement to Hollis, a friend at school, and the two of us enrolled in a course entitled, We Are What We Eat.

Real Food Challenge Co-Founders Awarded Echoing Green Fellowship

on June 22, 2010

The word is out.  Real Food Challenge co-founders David Schwartz and Anim Steel have been awarded a the highly competitive Echoing Green Fellowship--a seed fund for emerging social entrepreneurs.

This award is yet another testament to the growth of our movement and a wholesale endorsement of the RFC's innovative strategy--training the next generation of real food leaders while creating a major market shift in university food spending, $1 billion in 10 years.

With a background in economic development, Anim saw food and agriculture as a way to make a difference in both the US and Ghana,

Work at The Food Project! Deadline - June 15

on June 8, 2010

Interested in social justice, youth leaders, and sustainable agriculture? 

We have the job(s) for you!

The Food Project, a founding sponsor of the Real Food Challenge, is accepting applications for TWO Americorps VISTA positions.  One focuses on bringing real food into Boston Public Schools through the district's Farm to School initiative.  The other will develop and foster The Food Project's community engagement initiative.  Both are amazing opportunities!

See job descriptions and application information here.

Apply NOW!  The application deadline is JUNE 15, 2010. 

Students on the rise: "let's get CoFed"

on May 19, 2010

Think of the last time you saw something that pissed you off enough to do something amazing about it.  Maybe it was a long grocery line or a bumper sticker for the Tea Party, or maybe it takes a humanitarian crisis like Haiti to really get your adrenaline going.

For me, it was orange chicken.

A year ago, I found out that UC Berkeley's first national fast food chain, a Panda Express, was slated to open its doors adjacent to the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. Like Slow Food in reaction to a McDonald's next to the Spanish Steps in Rome, we rose to the occasion.

We dredged up some

April Real Food Challenge Media Round-up!

on May 6, 2010

It's been a year chock-full of events, actions, successes (and challenges), AND press coverage!  Every week we see great news popping up on college papers and other local and national media outlets.  Here's a handful of articles from the past month.  Take a look, and feel free to reach out to the students featured, we're sure they'd love to hear from you!.

For tips on how to get your school started on a real food campaign, contact


PC Craves "Real Food"
Students at Providence College take on the Real Food Challenge and kick things off with a movie screening.

Choosing Reverence and Resistance: Reflections on the Farmworker Freedom March

on April 22, 2010

For more on how to get involved in farmworker justice, contact our partners at the Student/Farmworker Alliance, or contact us about starting a Real Food Movement on your campus next year. 

In 2001, a dozen or so farmworkers were sitting around in a church basement in a backwater town in Florida and declared a national boycott on Taco Bell, one of the nation’s largest fast food chains.  They called on Taco Bell’s CEO to help improve working conditions and wages for the workers who picked their tomatoes.  And what do you think happened?

Well, people laughed, thinking maybe they’d heard a

Students Hit the Ground Running at the Northwest Real Food Youth Convergence!

on March 10, 2010

For most participants, the Northwest Real Food Youth Convergence really started during the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 12, when folks set out on the long trek to Missoula, Montana. Some carpooled from as far away as Seattle or Boulder, or from Portland via school bus. We took advantage of travel time wisely: homework, napping, making new friends, and of course, dance parties.

At right: Despite long distances traveled, the convergence brought together a super motivated group, shown here doing a rowdy closing circle: “Now step towards the center with a big Yee-haw!”

West Coast Students Strengthen the Roots of the Real Food Movement

on March 2, 2010

On February 12-14, over 200 students from 35 campuses gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for the third annual Strengthening the Roots: Food and Justice Convergence. The convergence brought together a diverse group of students – from aspiring farmers to animal rights activists to campus dining employees – who were committed to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.

Our First Real Food Summit Reportback of 2010: SYFAS a Success!

on February 25, 2010

On February 5, 2010, over a hundred and fifty students and youth from Maryland to Florida traveled through driving ice, snow, and rain to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the second annual Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS).  Friday night, author/activist Anna Lappe from the Small Planet Institute delivered an inspiring Keynote Address on the effects of our current industrial food system on climate change and personal health and the importance of the youth food movement for creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable Real Food economy.