1381283_678855325458535_1516963825_n.jpgBecome a Campus Coordinator

In the food movement, college students play a crucial role in engaging their campuses and communities. Every year, more than 300 college campuses participate in Food Day, reaching hundreds of thousands of students, dining hall workers, faculty, and campus leaders across the country. On-campus events range from cook-offs and movie screenings to debates, lectures, and conferences on everything from farm worker justice to junk-food marketing to animal welfare.

Why Colleges and Universities?

College campuses have always been incubators for social movements, and students, faculty, and administrators play an important role in building the momentum toward a better food system. Colleges and universities spend roughly $5 billion on food every year. By advocating for real food on campuses, colleges can leverage that purchasing power to improve the lives of consumers and producers, effectively nourish our communities and our planet, and improve the food system as a whole. 

Making Food Policy Change on Campus with Real Food Challenge

Since 2011, Food Day has partnered with Real Food Challenge (RFC) to connect with campuses. RFC is a national, student-driven organization working to create a more just and sustainable food system. RFC's primary campaign seeks to shift $1 billion of existing university food spending to community-based, fair, and humane farms and food producers—what they call 'real food'— by 2020. With active campaigns on over 100 campuses and a network of tens of thousands of students, RFC connects, trains, and supports a new generation of food movement leaders.

Stay tuned by signing up for updates and register your event or activity on the national Food Day map: And be sure to check out the RFC Food Day page for more information.

Resources for Campuses

2015 Guide for Campus Organizers Find everything you need to bring Food Day to your campus including organizing strategies, event ideas and examples from previous Food Days, and sample planning timelines.

One-Pager: Food Day on Campus Get a snapshot overview of how you can use Food Day on your campus to bring healthier food to your campus, and to unite your fellow students around issues that pervade our food system.

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  • commented 2015-08-31 22:14:20 -0400
    The global epidemic of diabetes got to stop.. yesterday i heard about a kid who got diabetes type 2 and he was only 16. We need real food, i support your cause to 100%.
  • commented 2015-08-11 17:44:40 -0400
    With a lot of campus activism experience, I didn’t think that becoming a Campus Coordinator would be highly beneficial for me. However, I decided to apply and commit to doing my best in the program, feeling that it would still be fun and beneficial in at least a few ways. While doing online training, a lot of material concerning activism was stuff I had come to learn from leading several groups. There were a few tips that I knew would be of use to me. Instead of reading up on all of this in a span of less than one week, I had to learn from months or even years of on-the-field experience. Looking at this information, I wished that someone had been there to guide me when I was learning the ropes.
  • commented 2015-02-26 12:39:18 -0500
    What a great effort! We love the idea of a student-driven organization working to create a more just and sustainable food system. If you need any fundraising ideas, we’re here to help: Keep up the great work, guys!
  • commented 2014-11-25 18:00:25 -0500
    Have you guys reached out to Driven Coffee about a partnership? This is right up their alley. They are a specialty coffee roaster out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and are very active in the social scene trying to make a difference. I’m a member of Chi Alpha & we ran Driven Coffee Fundraisers ( on campus to raise money for our group. They donate 5% of all sales to partner causes and organizations, have certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee offerings, and advocate sustainable farming practices and fair labor practices. I think Driven would be a great partner for the Food Day movement as your values clearly align. Check them out at: and hopefully together you guys can continue to impact fair and humane farm and food production methods.
  • commented 2014-11-18 16:44:15 -0500
    Food Day sounds really fun! I’m studying to be a certified nursing assistant, and found my school through – I wonder if they would sponsor such an event. I’m sure that my fellow CNA classmates would be interested in participating in the next food movement as well. I’m considering doing my thesis on junk food’s contribution to diabetes in children in the United States, so the junk-food marketing seminar sounds really interesting. Thanks to Bon Appétit for putting this together!
  • commented 2014-11-13 00:09:22 -0500
    Having wellness in a hospital is very important to reduce the risk of disease and self-insured medical insurance costs. Getting healthy start with a proper diet.
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