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Nationwide campaign calls on Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo to reform unjust business practices, invest in Real Food

September 4, 2018
Diverse coalition launches campaign to transform business practices in the foodservice industry The Community Coalition for Real Meals launched a nationwide campaign today urging the country’s three largest food service management companies – Aramark, Compass Group, and Sodexo – to reorient their business models away from a system of exclusive relationships with Big Food corporations toward greater investments in real food that support producers, communities, and the environment. This intergenerational ...
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A New Era Begins!

August 8, 2018
A new era of food justice is coming. After months of deep reflection, visioning, and strategy development, Real Food Challenge is launching into a new era THIS FALL!For ten years, we have been at the forefront of making meaningful change in our food system at the institutional level.Even as we advance that work (did you see our last email?), you may have noticed that we've been a little quieter than ...
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Announcing the Launch of the Real Food Standards 2.1!

July 30, 2018
Real Food Challenge is excited to announce a technical update to our Real Food Standards! In an effort to keep our Standards aligned with changes in the food industry, Real Food Challenge students and alumni leaders have conducted research in consultation with industry experts, partners, and key stakeholders. Below is the rationale for a Standards update and discussion of some key decisions. You can find the exact updates in the ...
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Attention California: Food Movement Leaders Seek Members for Statewide Collaborative

Clement Tsang, July 9, 2018
The California State University system is once again at the forefront of progressive food system advocacy as it begins recruitment for a new statewide collaborative. The CSU Food Systems Working Group is a multi-stakeholder group tasked with paving the way for nourishing, sustainable food across campuses.From a legacy of leadership: Over the past few years, students in the CSU system have passed policies that push the envelope of university leadership ...
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Big Food is Built On Racism

Amanda Jacir, October 17, 2017
Just yesterday, Real Food Challenge students across the country marked Food Day by taking action for racial justice.University of Georgia students explained: “While all our lives are harmed by #BigFood, we know that the hardest hit are people of color communities and workers here and abroad, who continue to suffer under the plantation model of agriculture and the ever-consolidating corporations that continue to profit from the exploitation of land and ...
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"They've colonized us with our own product"

Estefanía Narváez, October 17, 2017
I grew up with abundance all around me. Every fruit, vegetable, or legume I could ever want. Ecuador is known as a country of oil, cocoa, bananas, and coffee -- products over which land and labor have been exploited. Some call this ‘la maldicion de la abundancia’ or “the curse of abundance.”Every time I go back home to Ecuador, my mom gets me this ground coffee from the province my ...
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