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--yes, that’s with a “b.” 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.
In 2012, over 40,000 students and faculty at 286 college campuses in 46 states participated in Food Day. Participants held panel discussions and forums with university experts, advocated for more locally sourced food in cafeterias, and organized hundreds of different awareness-raising events for students and staff alike.
Real Food Challenge For the second year, Food Day 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.
Resources for Campuses
2012 Guide for Campus Organizers Whether you're a student, faculty, or an adminstrator this guide will provide you with essential resources to help you bring healthy, sustainable food to your campus.
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.
RFC Campus Poster--printable!
RFC Campus Leaflet--printable!
Food Day Campuses Webinar
On September 12, students and campus administrators participated in our Call for Campus Organizers. The Food Day and Real Food Challenge teams were joined by student organizers from Duke, NYU, and UC San Diego, who shared their plans for Food Day and their best advice on organizing resources, event topics, funding, timelines, and finding partners.
Interested in campus-wide petitions, film screenings, academic panels, student-faculty partnerships and more? Access the call presentations, and the full recording on our YouTube page. More questions? Get in touch with Hannah Wolfe, firstname.lastname@example.org.