food day is coming to a campus near you
The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is partnering with the Center for Science in the Public Interest to plan the first ever Food Day happening across the nation on October 24th. RFC is specifically focusing on mobilizing college campuses to host events and actions for Food Day as part of their long-term efforts to ensure that local, fair, sustainable and safe food is served in dining halls.So far students at over 100 campuses have signed up in solidarity with RFC and are working towards getting more locally sourced food on campuses. Events such as food festivals, locally sourced pot-lucks, panels of speakers and entire weeks devoted to celebrating food are already in the works around the nation!
All college Food Day events will be united across the country by a Real Food photo petition. Students will create a sign that expresses their desire for the future of food on their campus, and will take pictures with different people holding the sign at their event. Check out the Real Food Challenge facebook for picture ideas!
In addition to having a day to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of ethical and local food, RFC is encouraging students use the momentum from Food Day to create lasting changes in their dining services. Many students have already agreed to be a part of RFC’s new Get Real! Campaign, which will be launched on Food Day. The campaign is an initiative to get administrations to sign on to the Get Real Campus Commitment and announce that they are dedicated to making their schools more sustainable.
Food Day is fast approaching, but it isn’t too late to get involved! Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign on with RFC to be a Campus Coordinator for Food Day 2011. Visit the website to sign up and you will be put in touch with the Food Day Coordinator for next steps and event support.
Join the movement: Food is quickly becoming the most talked about issue on college campuses so don’t miss your school’s opportunity to get on board and transform the way your campus thinks about food.