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Participating Schools

Since 2008, students in the Real Food Challenge (RFC) network have worked with their dining directors and other campus stakeholders to secure over $60 million worth of pledges to purchase more local, fair, sustainable, and humane food. This work has been done using our two main tools: Real Food Calculator and the Real Food Campus Commitment.

Students in the RFC network continue to work toward our goal of shifting $1 billion of existing university food budgets toward real food. Here are some of the successes they have contributed to so far:


Real Food Campus Commitment Signatories 

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 engagement.

St. Mary's College (IN) – 20%

Drew University (NJ) – 20%

Western State College (CO) – 20%  

University of California, Santa Cruz (CA) – 40%

University of Vermont (VT) – 20%

College of the Atlantic (ME) - 20%

Wesleyan University (CT) – 20%                                              

Macalester College (MN) – 30%

The Hotchkiss School (CT) – 20%

Oberlin College (OH) – 40%

Bard College (NY) – 30%

Warren Wilson College (NC) – 40%

Clark University (MA) – 20%

Univerity of Massachusetts - Amherst (MA) – 20%

Lyndon State College (VT) - 20%

Sterling College (VT) - 20% 

Cornell College (IA) – 20%

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - 35%

University of Montana - Missoula (MT) - 20%

Fort Lewis College (CO) - 20%

Marlboro College (VT) - 20%

Stonehill College (MA) - 20%

The George Washington University (DC) - 20%

The Colorado Mountain College (CO) - 20%

Gonzaga University (WA) - 25%

The University of Denver (CO) - 20%

Occidental College (CA) - 30%

Middlebury College (VT) - 30%

McDaniel College (MD) - 20%

The University of Utah (UT) - 20%

University of Pittsburgh (PA) - 20%

The Evergreen State College (WA) - 28%

The University of Oklahoma (OK) - 20%

Siena College (NY) - 20%

Northwestern University (IL) - 20%

Case Western Reserve University (OH) - 20%

Western Washington University (WA) - 25%

Haverford College (PA) - 20%

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (NC) - 20%

Florida Gulf Coast University (FL) - 20%


System-wide Policy Victories

In addition to the Real Food Campus Commitment Signatories, above, both the University of California System (10 campuses) and the California State University System (23 campuses) have integrated the Real Food Challenge into system-wide sustainability policy. The successful Real Food for CSUs campaign of spring 2014 won 20% real food (over $20 million, annually) from all 23 CSU campuses. 


Real Food Calculator

Over 30 schools originally piloted the Real Food Calcualtor between 2008 and 2012. Now, the list of universities signed up to use the Real Food Calculator surpasses 200. For a full list and map of schools signed up to use the Real Food Calculator, click here.


Real Food Campus Commitment Endorsements

California Climate and Agriculture Network
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed)
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Equal Exchange
Fair Food Network
Green America
Humane Society of the United States
Johnson County Local Food Alliance (Iowa City, IA)
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
Northwest Agriculture Business Center
Red Tomato
Roots of Change
Sierra Student Coalition
Student/Farmworker Alliance 
Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross

Selected Press

For media inquiriescontact David Schwartz, Campaign Director, at or 401-601-5545.

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Introducing The FORBES 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, Class Of 2014 (Forbes) Link

A Critical Mass for Real Food (YES! Magazine) Link

VH1 Award Finalist Link

Schools Make Efforts to Provide ‘Real Food’ on Campus (USA Today College) Link

UVM Joins 'Real Food' Movement (Burlington Free Press) Link

Can the University of California make campus food sustainable? ( Link

Reflections...Food Justice Leadership Training in College Park, Maryland (Haverford Going Green, Haverford University) Link

The Diet-Climate Connection (NPR) Link