The Real Food Challenge: Students Uniting for a Just & Sustainable Food System

A dynamic introduction to the challenges and complexities of the corporate industrial food system as they play out in campus Dining Services, and an introduction to the Real Food Challenge, which is uniting students nationwide in organizing for a more just & sustainable food system through campaigns for the Real Food Campus Commitment. 
 
Katy Hardt is a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT studying Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. As a leader of multiple student-run activist groups, she has organized efforts to raise awareness and take action on climate change and food justice issues on campus including the campaign for the Real Food Campus Commitment. She is currently a summer intern with the Real Food Challenge in Boston, MA conducting research on corporate food systems. Katy hopes to continue building coalitions on campus between activists groups and pull in more student leaders to join the movement!  
 
Erin O'Donnell is a trainer and workshop facilitator for social change makers, specializing in activist sustainability and burn-out prevention. She has worked as an organizer and facilitator for many social change organizations, including 350.org, Real Food Challenge, and UNITE HERE. As a student at Wesleyan University, she was a leader in the campaign to sign the Real Food Campus Commitment in 2012. Following her passion for food systems change and worker justice, Erin currently works in Brooklyn as a cheese monger and teaches at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan, NY.