It's Time to Preheat the Oven for our First Fall Action

September 21, 2009
Get out your cameras, grab an apron, and start baking! The Real Food Challenge is teaming up with Slow Food to take part in's international day of action on October 24. is inviting people around the world to take action to curb climate change by submitting a photo petition to leaders before UN meetings in Copenhagen. We're urging policymakers to recognize that levels of atmospheric carbon are dangerously ...
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RFC Ends the Summer with Northeast Training

September 10, 2009
Students got a first-hand look into working with dining services through a presentation from Anne Cody from Massachusetts Farm-to-School. Anne walked the group through an ideal farm-to-school relationship, suggesting ways to make local sourcing economically sustainable and lucrative for both farmers and dining services. Students came away from the workshop with a checklist of tips and terms to use to engage dining services at their schools.During downtime between workshops, the ...
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Students make plans for real change at West Coast Leadership Training

August 26, 2009
On August 13-16, over thirty students from five different states gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for the Real Food Challenge West Coast Leadership Training. During this training, students discussed issues around sustainable agriculture and social justice, enhanced their leadership skills, and made new friends and allies. Most importantly, these students developed plans to revolutionize their campus food systems by launching real food campaigns this fall.The training participants spent four days ...
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Partnering for Real Change

July 28, 2009
While school may be out for the summer, the Real Food Challenge hasn't taken a break. We're gearing up for an intense fall campaign. We're offering trainings across the country where students can make connections to strengthen the campaign. We're working with other leaders in the food movement for meaningful change.In June, the Real Food Challenge joined a litany of individuals and organizations leading the charge for real food by ...
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Midwest Training is a Success!

July 20, 2009
From July 11th-14th, a group of students gathered in Ames, Iowa, for several days of powerful workshops and discussion at the Real Food Challenge’s Midwest Leadership Retreat. The training brought together students from Portland, OR to Jacksonville, FL (and plenty from the heartland!) to learn and share skills for launching real food campaigns on their campuses this fall.For four days the team camped out in a Unitarian Church, cooking, eating, ...
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UC Berkeley Students take down Panda Express and replace it with Student Food Cooperative

May 12, 2009
Two years ago, Panda Express approached the UC Berkeley Store Operations Board (SOB) for the first time. They were interested in being the first fast-food chain in Lower Sproul, which was the site of much of the free speech movement activism in the ‘60s and is a historically significant part of UC Berkeley. Through some shady back-door negotiations, Panda Express and the SOB began working out a contract. In fall ...
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Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit

March 31, 2009
The first Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit (SYFAS), which happened from February 13-15, brought together over eighty students, youth activists and young farmers from six different states for a weekend of workshops, community building, real food and action! The summit was a collaborative effort on the part of many groups, including The Real Food Challenge, FLO Food (Fair, Local, Organic), a student group at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Crop Mob, an ...
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Real Food takes the Midwest

March 23, 2009
By Katie BlanchardOn March 7-8, 125 students gathered at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa for the Midwest Real Food Challenge Summit. They built coalitions and strengthened their voice as students working for bold changes to our food system, most specifically in their college and university dining services. When asked whether their campuses were at most 10 miles from an industrial agribusiness cornfield, if not within one, almost every student raised ...
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