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Sodexo and Real Food Challenge Sign Food Chain Transparency Agreement

April 18, 2013

Grantee News From Real Food Challenge:

Addressing the interests of a growing student food movement, Sodexo provides a larger window on the sources of the foods they provide on campus

Gaithersburg, Md. April 4, 2013 — Amidst growing demands
from college students for university leadership in sustainable, local food systems, today Sodexo, a leader in Quality of Life Services,
and the Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the nation, jointly announced an agreement that advances supply chain transparency on Sodexo-contracted campuses.

The agreement puts in place a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards, defined by the Real Food Calculator, for judging the social responsibility and sustainability of Sodexo’s vendors and food producers. The assessment tool, developed by Real Food Challenge student researchers and associated food experts, lays out four key criteria areas for evaluating ‘real food’ – local & community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane. By using the Real Food Calculator standards, Sodexo aligns itself with the most progressive metric for institutional food service.

The agreement further sets up a process for students to collaborate with Sodexo managers, collecting and analyzing purchasing data using the Real Food Calculator’s web-based application and tracking tool. The resulting statistics will be used to demonstrate actual purchases of ‘real food’ and new opportunities for increasing them.  More>

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