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Food Day 2013

Food Day Photo Action: The Real Food Movement is Here 

Nationwide, students running Real Food Challenge campaigns have shifted over $50 million to sustainable and just food, using the power of their colleges and universities to create the market and infrastructure for a real food economy.
Across the wider food movement, many other achievements have been won: last year, the Coalition of Immokalee workers got two more companies to sign onto their Fair Food Agreement, and Chicago Public Schools just approved their Fresh Food Program, investing millions in local, sustainable, and healthy foods, just to name a few.
And yet, conventional agriculture is still dominating the conversation: GMOs still aren’t being labeled, new high-stakes free trade agreements are threatening the protection of our environment and food safety, and our climate is being wrecked in part by the potent greenhouse gases emitted by conventional agriculture.
This year on Food Day, we will come together to reclaim the dialogue about agriculture and food through a nationwide photo action. Each photo will include one unifying phrase: “The Real Food Movement is Here.” Through this action, we can show exactly where the real food movement is happening -- and the depth of its impact -- on our campuses and in our communities.
The photo action will also be a chance to highlight the diversity of issues and organizations in the food movement, from climate change to control to worker rights. Why are we organizing around the entire food system? Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
So -- where is the Real Food Movement near you? Make a sign, take a photo, tell a story, and make sure you tag it with #TheRealFoodMovementIsHere!

Get Started:

  1. Ready to put your "The Real Food Movement is Here" event on the map? Register your event HERE.

  2. Not sure yet, but feeling inspired to start running with the photo action? Sign up to be a campus coordinator to stay inspired and in the loop!

  3. See the official The Real Food Movement is Here photo action guide to start exploring, complete with the Real Food Wheel.

  4. Submit your photo + story or quote on Instagram, Twitter, or a public Facebook post with #TheRealFoodMovementIsHere by October 30th. 

#TheRealFoodMovementIsHere FAQS


Q: Can I submit a photo before Food Day?
A: Yes! Please do! (You’ll also have a higher chance of your photo being showcased if you submit it early on!)
Q: Does my photo have to include people?
A: Nope. Just make sure you articulate in the story or quote how the photo represents a location where the real food movement is happening!
Q: Do the photos have to include college students?
A: No. But instead of just a farmer in the picture, you could also include you and some campaign friends. In the accompanying story, for example, describe how you are supporting her sustainable and humane farm by getting some of her items sourced by your college or university.
Q: Can I submit more than one photo?
A: Yes! We want to see how far-reaching the real food movement truly is! Just remember to revisit the Real Food Wheel to add some variety into your project -- the most interesting photo + story pair will be featured in RFC communications!
Q: What's the deadline to submit?
A: November 1st, 2013 at 11:59 PDT.

What is Food Day?
From mounting food crises abroad to the rising rates of diabetes and obesity at home; from the potent greenhouse gases by big agriculture to the human rights abuses in the field, it's exceedingly clear that our food system is in need of major change.
On October 24th, 2013, students, faculty, staff and community members will come together to learn, eat and advocate for a more just and sustainable food system on their campuses.
Food Day brings together people from all walks of life to unite around a common passion for food, no matter what component of the real food wheel we care most about. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the food movement when it’s working -- when it’s healthy, affordable, just, and sustainable -- and challenge it when it’s not.
Last year over 100,000 people attended campus-organized events at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. With your help, Food Day 2013 will be even bigger! 

Click here to sign up on!


Why should we host an event on my campus?
It’s momentous
We’re dealing with huge purchasing power: colleges and universities spend $5 billion on dining every year. If as a national movement, we can shift just 20% of that -- $1 billion -- then we are creating incredible opportunities for tens of thousands of small real food farmers and food businesses. If we harness Food Day as a unified student food movement, we can have incredible bearing on our future together.
It’s strategic
Whether you want to run the Real Food Calculator, get the Real Food Campus Commitment signed, or simply want to start the conversation about your college or university’s role in supporting real food, Food Day is the perfect opportunity to bolster your campaign. Host a movie screening or a dinner, invite your campus community, and have a petition to sign!
It’s exciting!
From scrumptious dinners to movie screenings to Real Food Campus Commitment signings, students celebrated in style in 2012! Read more about a few events from last year below.

How to Get Started
Contact Campus Food Day Coordinator Kate Klein at for help brainstorming as well as to get you connected to your Real Food Challenge regional field organizer.
  • Check out the RFC Fundraising Guide (listed below) and start researching funding opportunities on campus
  • Check out the 2013 Guide for Campus Organizers (also listed below)
  • Connect with potential partner organizations and academic departments to start discussing partnerships and brainstorming events, goals, and timelines


Snapshot of Food Day 2012

“As I talked to students, I’m reminded that no matter their dress, their major, the 'tough look' on their face, EVERYONE is open to talking about better food policies in America. Everyone is open to this conversation--they're positively hungry to engage in it." -Liz O'Brien, Phoenix College, AZ
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About RFC & Food Day 
Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national, student-driven campaign to create a more just and sustainable food system.  With active campaigns on over 100+ campuses and a network that extends to tens of thousands of student leaders, Real Food Challenge is connecting, training and supporting a new generation of real food leaders.  Our primary campaign is to shift $1 of existing university food spending to local & community based, fair, ecologically sound and humane farms and food producers--what we call 'real food'.  To learn more, visit our About Us and Get Started pages.
Food Day is a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a DC-based advocacy group. CSPI has long sought to educate the public, advocate government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry's powerful influence on public opinion and public policies.  Learn more about CSPI and Food Day.