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Food and Justice in a Wintry Boston

March 4, 2011
The Northeast Food and Justice Summit was the final act of an incredible month. In February, the Real Food Challenge held five inspiring student-led Real Food Summits in all corners of our contry. Over 550 young people converged on Boston summit. From as far as D.C. to northern Vermont, these young leaders were making incredible change in their communities--a spectrum that spanned from our nation's most elite universities to its ...
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Reflections on the Road: Knox College

February 24, 2011
Reflections on our first stop! >>> Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois by Katie B.The list of upcoming field trips written on the chalkboard at the beginning of Knox College’s Food Systems class included a tour of Pioneer Seed Company (second-largest seed producer after Monsanto) and a trip to the John Deere museum. At the beginning of his lecture about the rise of agricultural technology in the late 19th century (we’re ...
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Real Food Road Trip Stokes Student Activist Fires in the Midwest

January 19, 2011
This January and February, two student-activist alumna will stop at eight midwest colleges to give student leadership workshops and real food presentations. Katie Blanchard (Carleton College ’10) & Katelyn Hale (Lewis & Clark College ’09) are hitting the road for student-led food justice with the Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national campaign and network empowering students for more just and sustainable food on campus. Their goal is to provide tools ...
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Real Food Getting Hot Hot HOT in Orlando

September 10, 2010
Florida kicked off the first of four Real Food Challenge leadership trainings around the country this summer. On August 11th, a group of student leaders from across the state and throughout the southeast and northeast region converged in Orlando for four days of sharing stories and skills for effective campus organizing around real food.After traveling into town midday Wednesday, everyone gathered for introductions to the Real Food Challenge and each ...
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Students Hit the Ground Running at the Northwest Real Food Youth Convergence!

September 10, 2010
For most participants, the Northwest Real Food Youth Convergence really started during the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 12, when folks set out on the long trek to Missoula, Montana. Some carpooled from as far away as Seattle or Boulder, or from Portland via school bus. We took advantage of travel time wisely: homework, napping, making new friends, and of course, dance parties.At right: Despite long distances traveled, the ...
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From Providence College to the Northeast Student Leadership Training: One Student's Reflection

September 8, 2010
My name is Kathleen Reside, and I'm a junior at Providence College, a campus contracted by Sodexo. I first heard about the Real Food Challenge at their conference at U Mass Amherst in 2009 as a freshman, and the information blew me away. The campus food system had been exposed, and although slightly overwhelmed, I felt like I had the power to change it.I managed to convey my anger, disbelief ...
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Real Food Challenge Co-Founders Awarded Echoing Green Fellowship

June 22, 2010
The word is out. Real Food Challenge co-founders David Schwartz and Anim Steel have been awarded a the highly competitive Echoing Green Fellowship--a seed fund for emerging social entrepreneurs. This award is yet another testament to the growth of our movement and a wholesale endorsement of the RFC's innovative strategy--training the next generation of real food leaders while creating a major market shift in university food spending, $1 billion in ...
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Students on the rise: "let's get CoFed"

May 19, 2010
Think of the last time you saw something that pissed you off enough to do something amazing about it. Maybe it was a long grocery line or a bumper sticker for the Tea Party, or maybe it takes a humanitarian crisis like Haiti to really get your adrenaline going.For me, it was orange chicken. A year ago, I found out that UC Berkeley's first national fast food chain, a Panda ...
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