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Are California State Universities Buying Real Food?

Rosie Linares, March 1, 2019
The California State University Sustainable Food Service Policy was approved in May of 2014 and established a goal of 20% sustainable food procurement by the year 2020 on all CSU campuses. Since then little has been done to provide comprehensive evaluation of where the CSU system is at in reaching the policy goals. Students and alumni from CSU campuses, with the support of Real Food Challenge, have taken their own ...
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The future of real food is Uprooted & Rising

October 25, 2018
Ten years ago, the Real Food Challenge set out to harness the power of youth and universities to build a fair and sustainable food system. Now, we’re excited to share our budding plan for next ten years -- and invite you to help grow it! Today, we are launching Uprooted & Rising, a movement fighting for a future that will sustain and nourish generations to come, here and abroad. The ...
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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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