The time has come to harness our power to create a food system that is just and sustainable for all.

Our Approach

We’ve defined Real Food with a set of standards encompassing the many distinct sectors that make up the food movement. Students lead the charge and organize their peers to demand that their campus commit to buying and serving more Real Food. By shifting towards more Real Foods, institutions create change in the food chain for all: from farmers to workers to eaters to the planet.

What is Real Food?

In a world where pizza is considered a vegetable and buying organic doesn’t necessarily mean that the workers were paid a living wage, it’s important to clearly define “Real Food.” Broadly, Real Food truly nourishes everyone: producers, consumers, communities, and the earth.

Anchors in Action

Learn more about how Real Food Challenge is collaborating with K-12 schools, hospitals, and other anchor institutions in values-based food purchasing

What's New

The Crossroads of 2020

2020, the year that we named our benchmark year, our year of celebration, is now becoming a moment of crossroads in our current reality.
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Real Food Challenge joins Migrant Justice’s call to expand the Milk with Dignity program

Real Food Challenge joins Migrant Justice in urging Hannaford to join Milk with Dignity.
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This Is How It Works: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy

Brand new farms and food businesses. More job opportunities. Small enterprises, eager to grow, finally scaling up and family farms going organic. A Real Food economy is here and growing -- and this growth is anchored by institutions of higher ed. That’s the picture that emerges from our new report.
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