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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Choosing Reverence and Resistance: Reflections on the Farmworker Freedom March

April 22, 2010
For more on how to get involved in farmworker justice, contact our partners at the Student/Farmworker Alliance, or contact us about starting a Real Food Movement on your campus next year. In 2001, a dozen or so farmworkers were sitting around in a church basement in a backwater town in Florida and declared a national boycott on Taco Bell, one of the nation’s largest fast food chains. They called on ...
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West Coast Students Strengthen the Roots of the Real Food Movement

March 2, 2010
On February 12-14, over 200 students from 35 campuses gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for the third annual Strengthening the Roots: Food and Justice Convergence. The convergence brought together a diverse group of students – from aspiring farmers to animal rights activists to campus dining employees – who were committed to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. This event empowered high school and college students to actively engage ...
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Our First Real Food Summit Reportback of 2010: SYFAS a Success!

February 25, 2010
On February 5, 2010, over a hundred and fifty students and youth from Maryland to Florida traveled through driving ice, snow, and rain to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the second annual Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS). Friday night, author/activist Anna Lappe from the Small Planet Institute delivered an inspiring Keynote Address on the effects of our current industrial food system on climate change and ...
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RFC Participates in Historic Day of Climate Change Action

November 3, 2009
On Saturday, October 24, students and activists around the country took part in's international day of climate action, the largest day of international political action ever. They rallied their peers to come together and send a message to policymakers that we need aggressive climate policy now. People from 181 countries took photos of their event, which will be delivered to decision-makers at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in ...
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Hai Vo, RFC Alum, Wins Brower Youth Award

October 22, 2009
"There's nothing more intimate than the relationship between humans and food," says Hai Vo, 2009 graduate of UC Irvine, Real Food Challenge student leader, and winner of the 2009 Brower Youth Award. Hai's experience with real food has been extremely successful: he co-founded the Real Food Challenge at UC Irvine, piloted the Real Food Calculator for his senior thesis, and helped create a sustainable food policy that now governs the ...
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