The Real Food Campus Commitment
By signing the Real Food Campus Commitment, colleges and universities pledge to buy at least 20% real food annually by 2020 and thereby use their tremendous purchasing power to support a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability, and facilitates community involvement and education.
UMass Amherst signed the Commitment in May 2013, committing 20% of their food purchasing to Real Food by 2020. The successful campaign was led by the UMass Student Food Advocacy Team, shown above.
There is a growing consensus on college campus’s on what makes food truly “good” along with efforts across the country to get more local, organic and sustainable food on college campuses. The Commitment knits together these separate efforts into a supportive, productive network to move forward together towards purchasing more real food.
THE COMMITMENT TEXT
By signing the Commitment administrators pledge to increase procurement of real food, increase institutional transparency and increase student and community engagement.
To see a list of all of the signatory schools, click here.
To view the full text of the Commitment, click the image below. The first page is a standard document, and pages 3-4 are an implementation plan, written by students, administrators and other stakeholders at each institution.
(2) The Case for the Real Food Campus Commitment: The top reasons why your college administrators and food service providers should sign the Commitment.
(3) Best Practices for Campus Food Systems: Model policy provisions that will help you design the specifics of your school’s real food policy.
(4) Multi-Year Action Plan Template: A guide to help you take your goals and completed real food policy and translate them into a real plan.
(5) Progress Report Template: A guide to help you report on your progress toward your real food goals
Oberlin joined the group of signatories in March 2013, committing 40% real food by 2020. Members of student groups including Slow Food Oberlin, Oberlin Animal Rights, the Environmental Concerns Committee, and the Responsible Investing Organization came together to support the campaign.
UC Santa Cruz went above and beyond, signing the Commitment at 40% in February 2012. They celebrated the signing of the Commitment with a “Taste of Santa Cruz” fair featuring local farmers, producers and ally organizations in the region.
Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC signed the Commitment in April, 2013 committing to 40% real food.
The following schools have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, pledging to increase the procurement of real food, increase institutional transparency, and increase student and community food system engagement.
Leaders from across the real food, fair trade, labor justice, and environmental movements have endorsed the Real Food Campus Commitment and declared their belief that all schools should formally commit to real food. See what they have to say!
“The GET REAL! Campaign is a brilliant and long overdue effort. Count us in!” - Oran Hesterman