Food Day 2012
300 campuses of students took part in this national day of action,
standing together to protesting the oppression and degradation of our food system today,
and advocating for the real food system that we know our future depends on.
An estimated 99,800 students, faculty, dining staff, and community members
attended nearly 900 events on campuses across 46 states (and Canada!).
View the national press release.
Numbers have increased since the publication of this press release.
Check out our most recent blog post,
breaking down the significance of this day of action!
Hoping to empower their fellow California voters to vote YES on Prop 37 in the upcoming election, UCSD’s Student Sustainability Collective hosted a panel discussion on GMO’s the evening before Food Day. Panelists included chefs, farmers, local food advocates and bestselling author Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. For Food Day itself, UCSD’s resident RFC powerhouse Jessica Baltmanas organized a sustainable food expo, allowing students and community members the chance to meet and learn from local sustainable food suppliers, community organizations, and student initiatives driving the movement for real food in San Diego.
Loma Linda University hosted their first ever Food Day event this year! LLU organized an outdoor fair featuring local farmers and local chefs coming together to make affordable, sustainable, fair and healthy treats. Booths featured tips on how to eat real on a student budget and how to avoid the "dirty dozen," and a chance to win a book off the Food Day suggested reading list! That evening, LLU held a film screening of Nourish Short Films 2011 with profits going towards supporting the Phi U Honor Society in teaching the Food Day curriculum throughout the year.
Drew University - Madison, NJ
Students at Drew spent Food Day tabling in their dining hall, collecting photo petitions from fellow students and spreading the word about what great food work is already in progress. Drew’s RFC affiliate, Students for Sustainable Food, also joined the national premiere of Food Mythbusters, holding a screening and discussion of the film that evening.
Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins’ RFC affiliate Real Food Hopkins hosted their 3rd annual 100 mile meal, celebrating Food Day with a dinner comprised of ingredients all sourced within 100 miles from Hopkins’ campus. The meal also served as part of the national premiere of Food Mythbusters as dinner guests got to view the film 2 days before its official release, and were treated to a guest appearance by Food Mythbusters creator Anna Lappe’! Students also tabled in one of their dining halls, collecting photo petitions and conducting a taste test between local and store-bought apples. Real Food Hopkins carried the Food Day energy over to October 25th, when they held a cooking demonstration for unfamiliar produce items grown in the campus garden (i.e. bitter greens, green tomatoes, etc.).
Duke University - Durham, NC
The Duke Real Food Campaign celebrated Food Day with “Food For Thought,” an outdoor banquet on Chapel Quad. Students, faculty, farmers, activists, food providers, and representatives from area restaurants shared a meal together and discussed ways to turn a more sustainable food system into reality. After perusing the real food buffet, attendees were given seating assignments based on the area of food most interesting to them - each table featured one or two ‘Food Experts’ to lead and incite discussion on the table’s designated theme. Experts ranged from a variety of backgrounds, including the Duke Campus Farm, Duke Law School, Bon Appetit Management Company, and many more. Food For Thought not only brought campus and community members together, it also served to rally support for the Duke Real Food Campaign’s efforts to make Duke the first school in the southeast to sign on to the Real Food Campus Commitment.
Lipscomb University - Nashville, TN
Fresh off the energy of one of Real Food Challenge’s Southeast leadership trainings, Emily Brunson and Maha Mortada coordinated the organizing efforts to celebrate Food Day on Lipscomb’s campus. On Food Day, Lipscomb’s main quad was filled to the brim: local vendors and on-campus organizations alike hosted informational booths about their work; a small farmers’ market was coordinated by Good Food for Good People, a Nashville cooperative of 200+ local farmers; cooking demonstrations were given by representatives from Whole Foods; and, to top it all off, it wouldn’t be Nashville without live music. The festival was complemented with screenings of the documentary Fresh, followed by a panel discussion involving members of Lipscomb’s campus and the surrounding Nashville community.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
A bundle of Real Food Challenge and Food Day swag!
Buttons, tshirts, stickers...you name it, will be shipped to...
► the school/group to submit the most (numerically) photo petitions...
THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI!
...who submitted 373 photo petitions!
► the school/group to submit the most creative photo petitions...
This was our absolute favorite!
"I support REAL food because fake food turns me upside down."
3 reserved spots + $150 worth of travel scholarships to our 2nd annual National Summit!
The winner is...
THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI!
See you in February!
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What is Food Day?
Last year over 35,000 people participated in campus-organized events at more than 225 colleges and universities nation wide. With your help, Food Day 2012 will be even bigger!
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