What better way to satisfy your chocolate craving than with a piece (or two… or eight… we’re not judging!) of Theo’s certified organic, fair-trade, and non-GMO chocolate! Their factory is located in Fremont, and the company sources their cacao beans from farms who meet fair labor standards, environmental sustainability, and ethical business practices. Go indulge in some Theo chocolate y’all!
Hey fellow foodies, my name is Katie, and I’m your Husky Real Food Challenge member of the week! I joined the HRFC at the beginning of Fall quarter, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made so far at UW. While I already had interests in cooking, nutrition, and growing my own food, the HRFC has taught me about the additional complexities of our food system: farmworkers justice, sustainability, food sovereignty, etc. Over the course of the year, I’ve helped facilitate two educational workshops, and gained invaluable experience through research, outreach, and meeting with important stakeholders in our campus’ food community. As a recent admit to the public health major, I hope to infuse my studies with elements of the HRFC, and I’m always brainstorming business ideas with other club members! It’s been an amazing year so far, and we’re working like busy beets to get the campus commitment signed this quarter!
My name is Nathan Bombardier and I'm the Husky Real Food Challenge member of the week! I’ve been with HRFC since Autumn 2014. It is my first year studying as an undergraduate here at UW and I currently study sociology and labor. Ever since I worked as a cook in high school my interest in food systems has been steadily growing. Husky Real Food Challenge gives me the opportunity to help change the way my peers and our University engage with food. While I have only been here for less than a year, organizing on campus has already given me the opportunity to build and participate in an amazing community of students who strive to change our food system. If you catch me off campus I’m most likely cooking up some real food or adventuring around Seattle via bicycle.
This week's Real Food is Organic Apples, found at The District Market! Apples are a great snack, they're affordable and, most importantly, they're REAL! There's a great variety offered at The District Market, which are your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Hey there! I am Bri Faust, the member of the week for Husky Real Food Challenge! I am a sophomore, and I am fairly new to the Husky Real Food Challenge team. I was introduced to the club this last winter quarter and I love what this club does. I love the positive influence that our club has on the UW campus. We are working towards better food options for students, while simultaneously building awareness and creating conscious consumers. I care deeply about real food because I enjoy knowing that the food I am eating is nourishing my body and it also comes from a source that cares about the earth and the community. It is great to see that other students on campus are concerned about these issues too, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Husky Real Food Challenge community that I’ve gotten the pleasure to know. I look forward to all the great things in store for this club and more importantly, the great things in store for the UW community!
Our first-ever Real-Food of the Week, chosen by featured member Coral Mercado, is here! Coral chose Wilcox Farm's Hard Boiled Egg! Wilcox Farms is Humane Animal Certified, meaning these eggs came from happy chickens! This makes them Real Food, as defined by Real Food Challenge! You can find these delicious eggs all over campus, and they're a great snack to help you study for midterms!
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Let us know what you think about this Real Food in the comments!
Hi! I’m Coral Mercado, your Husky Real Food Challenge member for this week! I’m a Junior in the Community, Environment, and Planning major with a minor in Nutritional Sciences. I joined Husky Real Food Challenge because I saw it as a great chance to make some real and lasting change that extended past my own plate as well as develop my leadership skills. It is also a great place to meet other people who care about food issues as much as I do. I love the holistic approach that HRFC uses to bring every to the table to talk about these issues. I am so proud of the work I have done in Husky Real Food Challenge and their mission.
Hi! I’m Megan Knight, your Husky Real Food Challenge member for this week! I’m a Freshman, and I’m originally from the East Coast (Vermont to be specific). I joined Husky Real Food Challenge because I saw the chance to make a difference in the sustainability and health of our campus. Since I grew up in a rural area I was surrounded by local, often organic food. That experience of connection to my food, and to my community, is something I feel like everyone should get the chance to experience! In Husky Real Food Challenge, I get to meet and work with other passionate students who want to improve the UW food! I’m so excited to be in the club for the next three years, and to watch UW food get better and better.
It has been a little while in the making, but we are very excited to share the results of our Real Food Calculator assessment! Through researching over $2 million dollars of invoice data, the Husky Real Food Challenge has determined that UW Housing and Food Services purchased 16% Real Food in Jan/Feb. of 2013! The images below break this number down so you can see how much Real Food is at UW, how well we did on each of the 4 Real categories, or how much of each kind of food is Real.
So what does that mean? Well, it is an amazing baseline! We are quite lucky to be students at a university that is so focused on social and environmental initiatives. Because this data is pulled from two winter months, we assume that the current percentage of Real Food procurement is closer to 20%. Our university spends over $12 million dollars on food every year, and we're excited to keep up with our continual progress towards a food system that truly nourishes the Earth, producers, consumers and communities!
As far as hitting the four categories of Real Food, UW performs best on Local. And why not?? We're lucky to be in the beautiful NW where we have the opportunity to support so many local farms. In total, 11% of our food items are Local, meaning at least 50% of the ingredients were from within 250 miles of campus. The biggest contributors to the Local group are dairy and eggs. Plus, since this data sample is taken from winter months, we can expect that the total year-round percentage of local food, especially produce, is even higher. Very few meats, poultry, fish, beverages, or groceries were Local, ranging between 1-4%.
Earth-friendly food 🌏 🌏 🌏
7% of food in this sample qualified as Ecologically Sound food. The largest category was tea and coffee, but it is important to note that since the time of this invoice, the University has switched from serving Tully's Coffee to serving Starbuck’s Coffee. Starbucks certifications are not verified as RFC criteria, so we are under the impression that at present, the percentage of organic teas and coffees could be lower. Baked goods were the next largest group, as 16% of baked goods purchased in this sample met qualifications for ecological soundness. Small amounts of dairy, fish, beverages, grocery items and produce were ecologically sound, and no meat, poultry or eggs met the criteria. Since this assessment, the University has switched to primarily USDA Organic eggs, so it is assumed that this percentage is much higher at present.
2% of all food purchased in these 2 months was certified as Fair. This label is not commonly found or applicable to all foods, so as expected was mostly comprised of coffee and teas. Again it is important to note that since the University has switched from Tully’s to Starbuck’s Coffee, this value will have changed.
so what's next? The Campus COmmitment
The goal of Husky Real Food Challenge is to have the UW sign on to the Campus Commitment!
This is a document that pledges to raise UW to 25% Real Food procurement by 2020. With sustainability and social awareness as priorities on campus, and the whole of the Northwest at our fingertips, we know we can reach 25%! The commitment also includes forming a collaborative group of students, administrators and staff, to share our knowledge and voices in order to create a food system that is ecologically sound, fair trade, local/community based, and/or humane. Lastly, this calculator would be run every year in order to keep up with the university's progress towards our goal.
What do you think about the Campus Commitment? The calculator results? Food at UW in general? We want to hear your voice! Click below!
Power on Your Plate: What is Real Food? was the Husky Real Food Challenge's second student led workshop and also the soft launch to our campaign for the coming year called Real Food, Real Change.
We spent time talking about the Real Food Wheel (pictured below), and how it embodies the many values people hold which relate to food production. There are four sections on the Wheel (Producers, Earth, Consumers, and Communities) and we shared some of our own stories about which part of the wheel brought us to want to change the food system here at UW.
But even with all this information, the amount of change we are able to make to the food system individually is limited. So how can we make change here on campus? Right now there is no formalized way for student to give input on what Housing and Food Services (HFS) purchases. Our goals for this coming year is to have UW President Michael Young and HFS to sign a commitment to shift 25% of it's food purchases to Real Food by 2020. HFS spends upwards of $10 million a year on food, so this would make a big impact! We are currently researching procurement data that HFS has provided us to see how much Real Food HFS currently buys and hope to be finished by next quarter so we can share our results with all of you!
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