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Real Food Challenge

Real Food Challenge

The Real Food Challenge is a national movement to bring more local, ecologically sound, humane and ethical foods to college campuses across the country. By advocating for more sustainable and equitable food options, college students are shifting food purchasing within their institutions. The Challenge states that each institution should have at least 20% "real" food by 2020.

In 2013, a group of students from the Students for Sustainable Food club began discussing how they could bring this challenge to the University of Denver. By setting up countless meetings with Sodexo and rallying student interest behind the cause, these students were able to persuade Sodexo to sign the Real Food Challenge!

Upon signing the challenge in the Spring of 2014, students and staff reviewed Sodexo's current food purchasing to find that 3% of the food brought into the DU campus dining, was considered "real" food. However, after years of work from tireless individuals across the spectrum here at DU, we are proud to announce that Sodexo has raised that percentage from 3% in 2014 to 14.75% in 2016!

To check out some of the sustainable vendors Sodexo has brought to Denver Dining, visit Sodexo's Real Food Challenge page.

We could not be more proud of this achievement! To get involved in the movement and contribute to this food system change, email the Students for Sustainable Food group.