Congratulations to the team of students who met with Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and asked him to sign the Real Food Challenge on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Chancellor said yes!
According to Sustainable Food and Farming major Molly Bajgot, “the Chancellor was enthusiastic about the proposal and we expect to host a public signing in the fall.” The actual text of the commitment is linked here. Many students, faculty and staff from the University signed a petition encouraging the Chancellor to sign.
The UMass Student Food Advocacy team of (left to right in the picture) Rachel Dutton, Ezra Small, Lila Grallert, Molly Bajgot, and Hannah Weinrock, should be congratulated for their hard work and perseverance making UMass the largest university food system in the nation to sign on to the challenge.
The Real Food Challenge serves as both a campaign and a network. The campaign is to increase the procurement of real food on college and university campuses, with the national goal of 20% real food by 2020. By leveraging their purchasing power we can catalyze the transformation of the larger food system. The network offers a chance for students and their allies (those working on the campaign along with those who’ve yet to sign on) to make connections, learn from one another, and grow the movement. Watch the video for a fun introduction to the campaign. For more, see; Real Food Challenge.
Students participating in the Real Food Inventory may earn credit toward graduation in UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture class, STOCKSCH 398B. Here are some of the members of the team!
For more information, follow the Facebook Group; UMass Student Food Advocacy
Support from the Executive Director of Axillary Enterprises, Ken Toong, was critical in this process. Thanks Ken!
Professor and Sustainable Food and Farming Program Coordinator, John Gerber, was recently recognized for his work in support of the Challenge. If this work is important to you, you may be interested in the UMass major in Sustainable Food and Farming.