Since 2008, thousands of students have learned how to organize campaigns and have won major commitments to local, sustainable, fair, and/or humane food sources at 80+ schools through the Get Real! campaign.
When we look back to when the campaign first launched, the food system and the world looked very different. Even the events of 2020 have drastically changed how we, as eaters, our communities, our institutions, and our producers interact with our food system. Although much is unknown in our new reality, one thing is very clear to us - how deeply important and necessary this work is to build a food system that is nourishing to us all.
In 2020 Celebrations, Real Food Challenge takes a moment to reflect on the tremendous progress made by colleges and universities in this ever-shifting food system. We also take this moment to honor the legacy of student power that has built this movement from the ground up. This past decade gives us so much to celebrate and we hope to commemorate the real food achievements the Real Food Challenge network has made so we can move into the next decade with clarity and purpose towards a just and sustainable food system.
Real Food Challenge Student & Alumni Spotlights
One of the biggest reasons why Real Food Challenge has so much to celebrate is because of the students and young people that drove this movement from the start. These are the folks that drove campaigns at their campuses to push their institutions to commit to real food, implemented the product shifts, and built the beginnings of a real food culture at their campuses and at colleges and universities all across the country. Student power is what initiated much of the achievements, progress, and creativity that we see today in the world of institutional purchasing. The Spotlights showcases some of the students and alumni in the Real Food Challenge network. Let's meet the folks behind the movement!
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